GCA joint secretary Rajesh Patel said groundwork for Shahs move to the BCCI is complete. Shah is eligible for a vice-presidents post in the BCCI. He has attended two BCCI annual general body meetings, Patel said.
While Shah and Modi have been busy with the BJPs election campaign, Shahs 27-year-old son Jay, himself a joint secretary in the GCA, has been calling the shots in the state body, and has also attended BCCI meetings.
A top BCCI official agreed with Patel. Shahs entry as a BCCI vice-president is a formality, no opposition can be expected. He will surely play a decisive role in the BCCI in case Modi comes to power, the official said.
While West Zone units Saurashtra, Baroda, Maharashtra and Mumbai have dissented against BCCI president N Srinivasan, Gujarat has remained neutral, which is likely to make Shahs entry into the top hierarchy of the Indian board easier. The last BCCI vice-president from the GCA was Narhari Amin, a one-time Congress leader who has now joined the BJP. Interestingly, it was Amin whom Modi replaced as GCA president.
Patel said GCA will benefit from a Modi prime ministership. If Modi becomes the PM, it will be a great and proud moment for us in the GCA. We will be getting special attention from the board, Patel said.