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Narendra Modi’s key aide Amit Shah likely to become BCCI vice-president: Report

Amit Shah is the vice-president of Gujarat Cricket Association © IANS
Amit Shah is the vice-president of Gujarat Cricket Association © IANS

May 15, 2014

With the 2014 Lok Sabha election likely to flow in the BJP’s favour, party’s PM candidate Narendra Modi‘s key aide Amit Shah is likely to occupy a an influential position in cricketing affairs of India. According to an Indian Express report, Shah, who is the General Secretary of the BJP and the vice-president of Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), is likely to replace Ravi Savant as the vice-president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) West Zone. The decision is likely to be taken at BCCI’s Annual general Meeting (AGM) to be held this September.

“Shah is eligible for a vice-president’s post in the BCCI. He has attended two BCCI annual general body meetings,” GCA joint secretary Rajesh Patel was quoted as saying in report. Patel also added: “If Modi becomes the PM, it will be a great and proud moment for us in the GCA. We will be getting special attention from the board.”

“Shah’s entry as a BCCI vice-president is a formality, no opposition can be expected. He will surely play a decisive role in the BCCI in case Modi comes to power,” a BCCI official was quoted in the report. In the absence of Modi and Shah — busy with the election campaign — his 27-year-old son Jay Shah, joint secretary of the GCA is taking the decisions in the state board.

The report also states that GCA might have found favour from the BCCI as it has remained neutral on the controversy surrounding N Srinivasan while other West Zone units have showed dissent on Srinivasan occupying the top post in BCCI.

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