IPL6 Controversy : BJP, Shiv Sena, MNS demand to cancel IPL6 matches in Maharashtra to save water in drought

Opening ceremony of The Pepsi IPL 2013 today will be held at 7:30 PM at the Lake Stadium in Kolkata.

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Maharashtra unit has demanded that IPL6 T20 matches should not be organised in Maharashtra as thousands of litres of water will be wasted to maintain the pitch. Maharashtra is going through the worst drought of the century so it is not justified to waste precious water for IPL.

Mr. Vinod Tawade has written a letter in this regard to IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla to reconsider organising the T20 matches in Maharashtra.

Indeed this water can be used to fight the drought.

Leader of opposition in the state legislative council Vinod Tawade said,  “What sense does it make to use many thousand litres of water to maintain the pitch on which cricket matches are played,” the BJP leader said, adding, “This water is being used in a state seeing the worst drought of the century. It is not justified.”

The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and the Shiv Sena also supported Mr. Tawade.

While NCP rejected opposition’s argument saying Mumbai and Pune where IPL matches will be played are not facing drought.

MNS chief Raj Thackeray said, “My question to Sharad Pawar – whose brainchild IPL is – is whether such matches should happen in the state at a time like this?”

As per the current schedule, 16 T20 matches will be played in Maharashtra.

Mr. Tawade rejected the idea of donating revenue generated from IPL matches to drought-hit Maharashtra.He said water is more important than money.

“Irrespective of whether the IPL is conducted or not, the grounds will have to be watered so as to maintain them. In any case there is no drought in Mumbai or Pune regions.” NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said.

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