Ahmedabad:Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took over the reigns of the Gujarat Cricket Asssociation (GCA) from Congress after he was elected as its President in the Annual General Meeting of the body.
"At the AGM held at the Motera stadium here, Modi was elected the President while Gujarat Minister of state for Home Amit Shah was elected vice president of GCA," sources in the GCA said.
With this win in GCA, Modi is set to enter cricket administration like other politicians including former BCCI chief Sharad Pawar and his own party leader Arun Jaitely, who is currently heading Delhi and District Cricket Association.
GCA was till now controlled by Congress leader Narhari Amin. But Modi's Home Minister Amit Shah was engaged in long drawn political as well as legal battle with Amin group for the last one and half year for the control of cash rich GCA.
Recently, the BJP had managed to win over the Central Board of Cricket of Ahmedabad (CBCA) which is a part of GCA from the Congress group, after which Amin had resigned.
This declaration comes a day after the BJP swept the Assembly by-polls in the state by winning five seats out of seven.
After taking over the GCA, Modi addressing the media said, "I express my gratitude to the member of the GCA who have elected him unopposed."
"There is much to do in cricket world except playing the game by ball and bat in the field," Modi said.
"I will sit with co-members of GCA to form a blueprint of development of cricket, how to give it a professional touch, development of cricket by an integrated approach and attracting youths towards sports by using the popularity of Cricket," he further said.