Uncertainty over whether Lalit Modi will contest the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) elections,to be held later this month,ended on Tuesday with his legal counsel Mehmood Abdi confirming that the former IPL commissioner will fight the polls.
Abdi said that the former RCA President will contest for the top post once again,thereby throwing a gauntlet at the BCCI,who has banned him for life in all cricket matters in India.
He is all set to take part in the RCA elections,which would be held on 19th December. He is willing to challenge the BCCI who has banned him for life, Abdi,who is also the president of the Sri Ganganagar District Association,said. Abdi also insisted that there was no legal tangle and Modi was entitled to contest.
His name is already on the eligibility list as president of the Nagpur District Cricket Association and moreover Rajasthan is governed by the Sports Act 2005. The date for nominations is from 14th December and Modi will file his nomination in time, he said.
Abdi,as the spokesman of Modi group,also clarified that the group has no reservation or aversion to certain individuals. Everybody whosoever is interested in the development of the cricket in Rajasthan is welcome to join and vote for Lalit Modi in the forthcoming RCA elections. We are confident of overwhelming support from district cricket associations.
Modis loyalists met in Jaipur on Monday and claimed the presence of 19 district units. The shift in power in the state of Rajasthan has resulted in many of CP Joshis loyalists deserting him.
Joshi had ignored cricket in Rajasthan. The game has taken a beating in the state. Joshi has not done anything for the game. I was hoping as a federal minister he (Joshi) would have done a lot but I am disappointed, Modi had stated earlier. We had worked very,very hard and it is about time we start getting our act together.
Earlier,the judge appointed by Supreme Court as principal observer,Justice Kasliwal,announced that the elections of RCA will be held on December 19 while the nominations would be filed between 14th and 16th December. The polling will be held on 19th and the results would be sent to Supreme Court in a sealed envelope,and would be declared later by the apex court.
Modi was banned for life by the BCCI but the suspension was stayed by the Rajasthan High Court in October only to be pulled back recently. He had announced his intention to run for the RCA presidents post,and Modis legal counsel had claimed that since the RCA was governed by the Rajasthan Sports Act,the BCCI ban was not applicable on the former BCCI vice-president.