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Congress targetting Pawar through IPL postponement

By Sheela Bhatt in New Delhi
March 12, 2009 21:27 IST
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One of the major functionaries of the Indian Premier League said that the Congress party and particularly Home minister P Chidambaram was targeting Sharad Pawar when former questioned the IPL schedule and raised issues related to security.
He says, " It was Congress's proxy war against Pawar that has rebounded on them." He said " A country like India can not project that they can't hold the games because of a terrorist threat.At that rate we will have to close down the theatres.How can you run India like this?"
A senior member of the IPL management also said, " In coming election Congress saw that IPL rescheduling could become the issue amongst young voters so Chidambaram diluted his objections."
According to him the Congress-ruled states are still reluctant but because of the controversy, Bharatiya Janata Party ruled states like Gujarat might get extra matches. Some eight matches are being shifted out of Congress-run states. Probably, in Indore and some places in Gujarat there could be two matches in a day.
Since IPL matches are played under flood lights the new schedule is taking time to locate suitable grounds.


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Sheela Bhatt in New Delhi