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RCA elections turn into brawl; Modi, Joshi supporters clash

Last updated on: December 07, 2009 13:03 IST

The Rajasthan Cricket Association elections took a violent turn on Monday when rival supporters of presidential candidates Lalit Modi and C P Joshi got embroiled in a scuffle outside the RCA office premises in Jaipur.

As the voting for the much-anticipated elections started, supporters from the two rival camps got into a brawl, which required police intervention. 

Modi, a Board of Control for Cricket in India vice-president and commissioner of the cash-rich Indian Premier League, alleged that his supporters were being intimidated and stopped from casting their votes. 

"We will have to wait and watch at the end of the day. Some of my supporters are being beaten up and it is unfortunate. We hope for the good of cricket people are allowed to cast their votes. But there are goonda elements out here, who shouldn't be here," Modi said.

Modi's close confidante Amin Pathan, who is the secretary of Kota District Cricket Association, Anjani Mathur, secretary of Jodhpur District Cricket Association, and Ramesh Gupta, secretary of Baran Cricket were allegedly manhandled by Congress workers. 

The police drove out all the supporters immediately from the RCA premises in the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

Modi refused to comment on whether the brawl was started by supporters of Joshi, who is the Union Rural Development minister.

"I won't comment on that. It's sad that something of this sort is happening in a cricket election. People are being intimidated for no reason. I am really surprised. I think the police has taken control and hope they are able to maintain it," Modi said. 

The RCA, which is mired in controversy off late, is having its elections again in less than a year because Sanjay Dixit, who had defeated Modi in the March 1 election, could not keep his group intact and the State government had to form an ad-hoc body. 

The Supreme Court then directed that the election be held on December 8 for which Justice (retired) N M Kasliwal was been appointed observer.

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