IPL chief Modi loses RCA elections (Lead)

March 1st, 2009 - 8:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Jaipur, March 1 (IANS) Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi suffered a jolt in his re-election as the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) president here Sunday losing by five votes to Sanjay Dixit.
Modi, who is also the vice-president of the Indian cricket board, lost 13-18 to the government’s nominee Dixit, a senior bureaucrat in the Rajasthan government, in the elections held here Sunday.

Modi, who was close to the previous Vasundhara Raje government, was facing resistance from the local authorities after the change in the state government last year.

“I accept the defeat. It seems that I paid the price for being close to Vasundhara Raje. The state government did whatever it could to defeat me. There will be no affect on IPL matches. They will be held in Jaipur,” Modi told reporter after the verdict.

Dixit, while thanking the public for the support, said that it was a “tough challenge”.

“My first aim is to undo all the corrupt practices prevalent during Modi’s tenure. I thank not only the association members but also the public of Rajasthan for their love and affection,” Dixit said.

The election was originally scheduled for Feb 22 but was pushed back to March 1 by the Supreme Court after Modi sought its intervention to ensure a free and fair election.

Around a fortnight back a Jaipur based voluntary organisation filed a first information report (FIR) in a Jaipur police station alleging misappropriation of funds, which were meant for disbursement among Jaipur serial blast victims.

The money was pledged by the IPL sponsors and franchises, but after the match only two sponsors did not send the pledged amount, Modi clarified recently. In a statement, he termed the charges as false and baseless, and said that it is nothing but vindictiveness on the part of the police.

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