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Amit Shah replaces Narendra Modi as GCA president

MUMBAI: As a precursor to a larger role in the Indian cricket establishment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trusted lieutenant Amit Shah was elected unopposed as president of the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA).

Modi, who was the incumbent president of the GCA, had relinquished the post on 30 May following his elevation to prime ministry in the wake of the BJP’s astounding victory in the general elections. The former Gujarat chief minister had replaced Congress leader and former Deputy CM Narhari Amin as GCA chief in September 2009.

Amit ShahShah, who is a BJP MLA from Naranpura Assembly constituency in Ahmedabad, was elected at a special General Body Meeting of the GCA, which has 32 members.

“I am humbled by your greetings and blessings. Looking forward to serving Gujarat Cricket,” Shah posted on Twitter following his election.

“Amit Shah, who was vice-president of the GCA, was elected unopposed today (Friday) as the president of the association,” PTI quotes GCA vice-president and Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani, as saying. “The name of Shah was proposed by me and he was elected unopposed,” Nathwani added.

Come September, Shah could well become the vice-president of the BCCI from the West Zone as the incumbent Ravi Savant’s term is coming to an end in September. That could pave the way for Shah’s coronation as BCCI president.