JAIPUR // The Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi lost the presidency of his state unit after being voted out yesterday. Modi, who had been the chief of Rajasthan Cricket Association for four years, suffered a 18-13 defeat against a bureaucrat, Sanjay Dixit. Modi insisted, however, that the loss will not impact his position as chairman of the rich IPL Twenty20 league, which attracts the world's top players.
"Even though I've lost here in Rajasthan, my position in the IPL will not be affected," Modi clarified after the election result was announced. "The IPL is a separate identity formed by the Indian cricket board for organising the event." A judge from the Supreme Court, the country's apex judicial body, was nominated to conduct the Rajasthan poll following a petition by Modi citing interference after the state government appointed a new interim committee with Modi's rivals in charge. On the eve of the elections, Modi had managed to win over a key rival, Subhash Joshi, and was being tipped to win, but Dixit upset the applecart.
Modi, Rajasthan's representative on the national board, will retain his position as an elected vice president till the next elections are held in September. * With agencies