Mar 01, 2009 at 07:14pm IST

Modi faces tough fight in RCA polls

Jaipur: It’s D-day for the big boss of Indian cricket. As the Rajasthan Cricket Association goes to polls on Sunday, the question is, will Lalit Modi survive the battle to retain power in his home state?

The big boss of Indian cricket has a tough fight on his home ground. Lalit Modi is running for a second term as president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association.

But he faces serious competition from his rival Sanjay Dixit who apparently has the backing of 18 out of the 32 district units. The IPL commissioner is now palpably nervous.

Modi, who was close to former chief minister Vasundhara Raje, has been under fire ever since the Congress came to power.

First there were questions over his domicile status, then a string of criminal cases were filed against him, Modi is also facing charges of misappropriation of RCA funds and his opponents are making maximum use of all these.

President of the Barmer Cricket Association, Sanjay Dixit said, “All I wish to say right now is that we want to bring clean administration to the RCA.”

Dixit gained advantage after another contender, RCA secretary Subash Joshi, withdrew in his favour. But then Modi is known to fight it out till the very end.

Interestingly, if it's a make or break election for Lalit Modi, it's also an ego issue for Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for whom Modi's presence in the state is a sore reminder of Raje's rule.

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