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BJP national general secretary Amit Shah was elected unopposed as the president of Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) at its special annual general meeting in Ahmedabad on Friday. Shah succeeds Narendra Modi who relinquished the post of GCA president on becoming the Prime Minister of India.
Out of the 32-member executive committee of GCA, 26 were present at the meeting that elected Shah while four had sought leave of absence and two being recorded as absent– Modi and D R Shah, who died some months ago, said a senior GCA office-bearer.
The special AGM that lasted barely for ten minutes had a two-point agenda: to accept the resignation of Narendra Modi as its president, and secondly, to elected Amit Shah as the next president. GCA vice-president Parimal Nathwani proposed Shah’s name as the next president and this proposal was seconded by another vice-president Kanaiyabhai Contractor. Since no other name came up for the proposal, Shah’s election was declared as uncontested.
While Shah chose to remain silent, GCA vice-president Parimal Nathwani said the process was imminent after Narendra Modi’s becoming Prime Minister. GCA has four vice-presidents in its executive body. With Shah, hitherto a vice-president, becoming president, one seat will fall vacant. The election to fill this one post should be held some time in December 2014 in annual general meeting, said a GCA office-bearer.
Shah, who is also BJP’s national general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, had played a stellar role in ending 17-years long Congress dominance on GCA in a bloodless coup in September 2009 the day when Modi took over as GCA chief.
Prior to that, former deputy chief minister Narhari Amin was GCA president. During 2012 Assembly elections, Amin had joined the BJP. Amin is currently on a visit to the USA.