Vaibhav Gehlot pads up for new innings in state cricket

The Times of India

The Times of India

Author 2019-10-02 09:13:00

imgJAIPUR: The Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) is on the cusp of witnessing a new ‘son rise’. The stage is set for the coronation of Vaibhav Gehlot, son of Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, as the president of RCA.

Vaibhav got the go ahead as the treasurer of Rajsamand District Cricket Association to file his nomination for the post of president by the RCA election officer RR Rashmi, who issued the final voter list at 2am on Tuesday, following a prolonged hearing and assessment of objections.

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After filing his nomination, Gehlot Jr thanked the current RCA chief C P Joshi. “I am thankful to C P Joshi for giving me the opportunity and I will assure that cricket is run in the best possible manner and fans in the state get to watch more matches. I will try my best to take cricket forward not just in Jaipur, but also in Jodhpur,” Vaibhav told reporters at the RCA Academy.

On Tuesday, only Vaibhav had filed his nomination for the post of president.

Keeping in mind current developments, Vaibhav is most likely to be appointed as the state cricket chief. RCA joint-secretary Mahendra Nahar, who is a Joshi loyalist, concurred and said, “We can now foresee what lies in store on October 4. In most likelihood, Vaibhav will be appointed unanimously. The question of contest does not exist anymore.”

He said Vaibhav got the support of four more district cricket associations—Banswara, Pali, Pratapgarh and Bundi—when he nominated himself. “Now, we have around 24-25 votes out of the 32 under our belt,” Nahar added.

In May this year, Gehlot Jr had contested the Jodhpur Lok Sabha seat, his home district, and lost by a massive margin to Gajendra Singh Shekhawat of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The efforts of his father, who had campaigned vigorously for him, went in vain. Cut to October, the relentless backing of Joshi has turned out to be fruitful for him.

The Lalit Modi coterie had tried hard to get Vaibhav out of the way by citing as controversial his appointment as the treasurer of the Rajsamand District Cricket Association. But they failed to convince the election officer on legal grounds.

With Nagaur, Alwar and Sriganganagar DCAs (district cricket associations) demarcated as ‘disaffiliated’, the Modi era seems to have slipped into dusk. The three districts had Modi connect. Interestingly, the entire development has also upset the apple cart of senior Congress leader and president of Nagaur DCA Rameshwar Dudi’s aspirations to revive his political career through cricket. “These districts have been rightfully disaffiliated by the election officer as their inclusion with the RCA set up was the cause why the BCCI had banned RCA,” the RCA joint-secretary said. The last day of filing nominations is Wednesday.

Modi era set to end with three DCAs disaffiliated

With Nagaur, Alwar and Sriganganagar DCAs (district cricket associations) demarcated as ‘disaffiliated’, the Modi era seems to have slipped into dusk. The three districts had Modi connect.

Interestingly, the entire development has also upset the apple cart of senior Congress leader and president of Nagaur DCA Rameshwar Dudi’s aspirations to revive his political career through cricket.

“These districts have been rightfully disaffiliated by the election officer as their inclusion with the RCA set up was the cause why the BCCI had banned RCA,” the RCA jointsecretary said.

The last day of filing nominations is Wednesday.

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