AHMEDABAD, 31 May-2014, TNN: PM Narendra Modi on Friday stepped down as the president of Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA).
While the cricket association has called for a special general body meeting on June 13 to elect a new president, sources say Amit Shah is likely to take charge of GCA. Shah is one of the four vice-presidents of GCA with Parimal Nathwani, Kanhaialal Contractor and Kanti Desai. GCA secretary Rajesh Patel refused to comment on who was to succeed Modi.
In 2009, Shah had led a rival faction to end 16-year reign of Narhari Amin, a Congressman who recently joined BJP. Modi, who was the Gujarat chief minister then, was later unanimously elected GCA chief.
With Shah’s name being tossed up as a candidate for the post of the BJP national president, many feel that he may not find time for cricket in the state.
“One doesn’t need the president to oversee day-to-day activities. Even Modi did not get involved in daily affairs.” As the vice-president of the GCA, Shah was a regular in most BCCI AGMs. With West Zone representative Ravi Savant’s tenure coming to an end, there is a possibility of Shah becoming the vice-president of BCCI when new members of the board takes over in September.