Shah panel sweeps cricket body polls

Amit Shah

Former minister of state (home) Amit Shah on Saturday tasted his first electoral victory since his recent return to the state after a long exile when he and his panel swept the election to Central Board of Cricket, Ahmedabad (CBCA), an affiliate of Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA).

No one had filed nomination from the rival camp of Congress's Narhari Amin till November 5, the last day of filing papers.

Shah is also the vice-president of GCA.

Besides the 18-member body, Amit Shah's panel also bagged all the three individual member seats, which were won by Vikas Shah, Hiren Hathi and Vatsal Parikh, according to Bharat Dudhia, an official of the GCA to which CBCA is affiliated.

Dudhia said Amin's group had approached the High Court on Friday "for a stay on the election in view of legality of the election agenda meeting". He said Amin's panel did not want to contest this election at all and therefore, they did not turn up with their nominations on November 5.

Hitesh Patel of Amin's group, meanwhile, gave a memorandum to the CBCA office on Saturday challenging the poll while terming it "unconstitutional" because there was no minimum gap of 15 days between the agenda meeting and election.

Around 40 people had accompanied Patel when they went to CBCA office at Sardar Patel Stadium in Navrangpura.

Patel also questioned the CBCA sitting on audit and elections for three years and hurrying for the same on return of Amit Shah.

Amin, himself a former GCA president, said Shah's panel might claim victory in the poll "but the election is subject to final outcome of the court case against the holding of election".

"The court has not granted a stay order on the election but the case is still going on. Therefore, the election result will be subject to final court order," Amin said.

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