Ahmedabad, Sep 15. Gujarat Chief minister Narendra Modi was Tuesday elected unopposed as the president of the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA). Modi replaced Narhari Amin, who has led the GCA for over a decade. Narhari Amin, was a former Pradesh Congress committee chief, who was also a senior office-bearer of the BCCI. Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) is currently headed by another senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley. BJP MP from Hamirpur, Mr Anurag Thakur lords over the affairs of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association.
In January 2007, former Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid inaugurated a suryanamaskar camp hosted by hindu extremists in Nagpur. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh weekly Panchjanya said camps were organised in different districts of Vidharba from January 14 to January 25, to mark the birth centenary of Sriguruji. Around 1.25 crore people took part in similar camps conducted all over India, the RSS publication “Panchjanya” report said. These included students and other people, ranging from age seven to 75. Mountaineer Vimla Negi Deuskar and senior leaders of the Sangh also attended.
The dominant controle of Hitler-loving fascists may seriousely spoil the sports. It was in the month of March 2002, that Gujarat, the state where Mohandas Gandhi was born saw Hindu extremists mobs, espousing the fascist ideology of Hindu-supremacy (Hindutva) burn little boys and gang rape hundreds of young girls before their parents. Pregnant women had their bellies slit open and the full term unborn infants torn from the sanctuary of their mothers wombs and flung into fire. More than 2000 people were thus brutally burnt or hacked to death and more than 200, 000 rendered homeless.
The first Home Minister of independent India, Sardar Patel, held the RSS responsible for the assassination of Gandhiji. He in a letter to Golwalkar, dated 11 September 1948, clearly stated that it was communal poison spread by the RSS which was responsible for this tragedy. Without mincing words he wrote: ‘As a final result of the poison, the country had to suffer the sacrifice of the invaluable life of Gandhiji. Even an iota of the sympathy of the Government, or of the people, no more remained for the RSS. In fact opposition grew. Opposition turned more severe, when the RSS men expressed joy and distributed sweets after Gandhiji’s death.’ I hope you know that consequently the RSS was banned for its role in the assassination.
Signs of the imminent take-over of Gujarat cricket body became apparent when sangh parivar leaders succeeded in wresting control of the Central Board of Cricket of Ahmedabad (CBCA), which is a part of the GCA, from the Congress faction, forcing Mr Amin to resign, leaving the field open for Mr Modi.
Amin had stepped down from the post of GCA chief on moral grounds a couple of months back after state home minister Amit Shah accused him of being involved in a financial scandal in the state association. Though leaving on a sobering note, Amin said it was during his tenure that the debt-ridden GCA turned into “one of the most efficient cricketing organisations. Amin said when he assumed the control of GCA in 1993, it was in Rs 8 crore debt, but at the time of his leaving the charge, the body had a balance of Rs 40 crore even after spending Rs 48 crore on renovation of Motera stadium. While Mr Modi took over the reins of GCA on Tuesday, his close associate and state home minister Amit Shah was elected as its vice-president .
Union agriculture minister and NCP supremo is ICC chairman-designate,Congress Rajya Sabha member Rajiv Shukla is the vice-president of BCCI, while union heavy industries and public enterprises minister Vilasrao Deshmukh was only recently elected vice-president of the Maharashtra Cricket Association. Another political heavyweight, Union non-conventional energy minister Farooq Abdullah heads the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association. RJD chief and former Union minister Lalu Prasad too turned into a cricket buff, but his efforts to control the Bihar Cricket Association have ended in a legal tangle.