Friday, February 26, 2010

Now, Modi faction guns for Dixit's head

15 Feb 2010-JAIPUR: Though the dust was believed to have settled in the RCA after Union minister C P Joshi's intervention to ensure a smooth match on February 21, the recent CBI raid on RCA secretary Sanjay Dixit's residence has again raked up differences in the cricketing body.
Criticising Sanjay Dixit, some district cricket associations on Sunday demanded that either he resign or be sacked from the post of secretary. These units are believed to be supporters of IPL chief Lalit Modi.
Sensing that Dixit is in trouble because of the CBI raids, most of Modi's supporters have joined chorus with Rajasthan Cricket Players Association (RCPA), who has time and again criticised Dixit on one pretext or the other.
"Since C P Joshi is a senior politician and a man of clean image, he should ask Dixit to resign. We have written to both Joshi and chief minister Ashok Gehlot to sack him," said Rajendra Singh Rathore, secretary of Jhunjhunu district association.
Criticising Dixit and RCA for online sale of tickets and for leaving out experienced workers out to various committees, president of Tonk district association Anant Vyas said: "I am not against any individual but RCA's image has been tarnished by these raids. Dixit should himself offer to resign on moral grounds."
Secretary of RCPA and former Ranji medium pacer Shamsher Singh alleged that since Dixit was "underground," the preparations for the India-South Africa ODI scheduled for February 21 will be affected. "It is best that he be removed immediately,'' he adds.
Meanwhile, the man in eye of the storm Sanjay Dixit took a meeting of the various committees on Sunday afternoon. "Dixit has chaired a meeting this afternoon in SMS stadium and it automatically dispels the speculations that he was underground'. He is willing to cooperate with CBI which had raided his house. Till now, he has not been proved guilty. So there is no question of him resigning from his post. He also inspected the security arrangements with SP (south) today," said a source.

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