Ex-Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot's Son Vaibhav Quits As RCA Chief After Association, SMS Stadium Sealed Over Pending Dues

Ex-Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot's Son Vaibhav Quits As RCA Chief After Association, SMS Stadium Sealed Over Pending Dues

Vaibhav Gehlot's resignation came after the Rajasthan State Sports Council (RSSC) sealed the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, which is to host IPL matches from next month, as well as the RCA office on Friday for non payment of dues.

PTIUpdated: Monday, February 26, 2024, 05:58 PM IST
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Rajasthan cricket was thrown into turmoil on Monday after the state association's president Vaibhav Gehlot resigned from his position and alleged that the government action against RCA for non-payment of dues was driven by "malicious intent".

Jaipur stadium and RCA office sealed

Gehlot's resignation came after the Rajasthan State Sports Council (RSSC) sealed the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, which is to host IPL matches from next month, as well as the RCA office on Friday for non payment of dues.

"The RCA office was hastily locked. Now efforts have been started to create an atmosphere of distrust in the RCA by targeting me. Due to this, there is a possibility of spoiling the positive atmosphere of cricket in the state," Gehlot said in a statement.

"In such a situation, it is unbearable for me that there should be any crisis on IPL matches in the state and cricket suffers loss. Therefore, to save the state's cricket and cricket players from this situation, I voluntarily resign from the post of RCA president."

Political angle to cricket crisis

He said after the BJP came to power in Rajasthan, action against RCA was started with "malicious intent".

"...efforts have been started to create an atmosphere of disturst in RCA by targetting me," he alleged.

Gehlot said that he got to know that a no-confidence motion has also been moved against him.

"In this regard, all I have to say is that no officer or member of RCA discussed with me nor expressed disagreement on any issue, otherwise I would have already tendered my resignation."

RCA owes over Rs 40 crore

Besides sealing the RCA office, the Rajasthan Sports Council had also written to the concerned bank to freeze the state cricket body's accounts over non-payment of dues of over Rs 40 crore.

Former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that Vaibhav, who is his son, has resigned from his post after being upset with the state government's behaviour. He said that action against RCA cannot be justified.

"He (Vaibhav) has resigned because he was upset with the behaviour of the government. There was no need to bring a no-confidence motion. If the government itself had expressed its sentiment that we want you to step down, then resignation would have come.

"Politics is going on. If the government changes, who will become the new president (of RCA)? How do we take possession? They want to capture. They have no feelings for cricket in their hearts and minds. Had it been so, proper action would have been taken. The action that has been taken (against RCA) cannot be called appropriate," the former CM said.

The MoU between RCA and Rajasthan State Sports Council (RSSC) concerning the SMS stadium had expired on February 22. RSSC had served a notice to the RCA for handing over the property on Friday, but it did not happen.

RCA asked RSSC to extend the time period of the MoU. RSSC refused to do so and took possession of SMS Stadium and RCA Academy on Friday.

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