Vaibhav, son of Rajasthan CM, pads up for new innings in cricket politics
JAIPUR: 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 chief minister Ashok Gehlot, as the president of the state cricket body.
Vaibhav got the go ahead as the treasurer of Rajsamand district cricket association by the RCA election officer RR Rashmi who issued the final voter list at 2am on Tuesday after a prolonged hearing and assessment to the objections.
After filing his nomination for the post of the RCA president, Vaibhav thanked the RCA president CP Joshi, "I am thankful to CP 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."
Ostensibly, Vaibhav will be unanimously appointed as the RCA president. 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 added that during the time when Vaibhav filed his nomination for the post of RCA president on Tuesday, four more district cricket associations- Banswara, Pali, Pratapgarh and Bundi- joined their side. "Now we have around 24-25 votes out of 32 under our belt," Nahar added.
It was in May this year that Vaibhav lost in the Jodhpur Lok Sabha constituency, his home district, by a massive margin to Gajendra Singh Shekhawat of Bharatiya Janata Party. Then, 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 fruitious.
Modi coterie had tried hard to get Vaibhav out of the way by citing his appointment as the treasurer to be controversial, but failed to convince the election officer on legal ground.
With Nagaur, Alwar and Sriganganagar DCAs demarcated as 'disaffiliated', The Lalit Modi era has slipped into dusk. The three districts have Modi connect. 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 the cricket association.
"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.
Moreover, October 1 is the day of filing the nominations and scrutiny of the same will be carried out on October 2.