Rajasthan Cricket Association

Lalit Modi

The speculations about the Rajasthan Cricket Association elections were put

to rest when the Supreme Court rescheduled elections from

February 22 to March 1 and extended the date to file nominations by three


The apex court's order gives RCA president, Lalit Modi and his supporters a

chance to file their nominations and make a battle out of the elections. An

upbeat Modi told TOI, "The law has prevailed, I am very happy with the SC

order; all the irregularities that were taking place in RCA in the last few days

have been put in place and all the doubts regarding the constitution have

been put to rest."

It might be noted that the SC order states that the election to the 21-

member executive committee will be held under the unamended constitution

in terms of the apex court order of February 11, 2005.

Maintaining his stand that "the elections should be held, but as per the law"

Modi made it clear that he'll be contesting the elections. "I never said I am

out of the contest or won't contest. I just wanted to set lawful things in

place, now that everything is settled I'll be contesting," he said.

The court said that the observer justice (retd) N M Kasliwal who was

appointed by the Association will continue to function and he will be at

liberty to appoint election officers. When asked about the election officer

being changed or not Modi said, "The election officer is there to supervise

the entire process and the observer will take a call on the issue."

Coming hard on his detractors Modi said, "So far they were doing things as

per their will, but now onwards things will be done as per the constitution

that has been followed for the last four years. We will look into the matter

and take appropriate steps." When asked about the registrar of cooperative

societies' involvement now in the process all that Modi said was, "The issue is

resolved now and he too can sit peacefully."

Modi's rival Subhash Joshi, secretary, RCA welcomed the SC decision "We

welcome the apex court's order. It has put an end to all the speculations and

ensured that the elections will be held lawfully on March 1," he said. When

quizzed about Lalit Modi contesting, Joshi said, "He's welcome, we never said

that we will dethrone anyone. Whosoever wins the election takes the seat."

The battle cry has been raised and it's a matter of days to see who delivers

the knockout punch.