Elections 'unquestionably' first priority: Chidambaram

Updated: 19 March 2009 14:19 IST

Amidst uncertainty over IPL, Home Minister P Chidambaram said the organisers were responsible who "will take a call' on whether the event should be called

Elections 'unquestionably' first priority: Chidambaram
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New Delhi:

Amidst uncertainty over IPL, Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said elections were "unquestionably" the first priority and that the organisers were responsible who "will take a call' on whether the cricketing event should be called off.

"I can't exempt any state government from giving to the Election Commission the forces which they have promised. I have also made it clear that I cannot spare any central para-military forces," he told a news channel.

Asked if elections were the first priority over IPL, he shot back "unquestionably".

To a question whether the IPL should be simply called off if the dates clashed, Chidambaram said "well I think the organisers are responsible people. I think they are patriotic Indians. I think they will take a call".

When the questioner told him that the IPL matches could provide soft targets to terrorists, he said the security for IPL must be provided by state governments and the Centre would provide intelligence.

To another question, the Home Minister said "it is not security only in that state. You see, if election is taking place in a neighbouring state or just across the state border. If we have an IPL match in the state, there could be problems."

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