Jaitley lambasts Chidambaram for IPL's shift abroad

Updated: 23 March 2009 12:00 IST

BJP leader Arun Jaitley said on Monday that the IPL's decision to shift abroad has "almost clubbed" India with Pakistan as an unsafe sporting venue.

New Delhi:

The Indian Premier League's decision to shift abroad has "almost clubbed" India with Pakistan as an unsafe sporting venue, BJP leader Arun Jaitley said on Monday as he took another potshot at Home Minister P Chidambaram for refusing to assure security for the event.

Jaitley, also the Delhi and District Cricket Association president, said the Home Ministry's refusal to assure security for the high-profile Twenty20 league has given the country a bad name.

"The impression which has gone is that India is not a safe destination for sporting events. Today, it's sporting events, tomorrow it maybe other events where crowds gather. It maybe some religious events like Kumbh Mela or Ajmer Sharif function," Jaitley fumed in a press conference here.

"Therefore the impression that India is a safe destination must be created. Country's activities don't come to a standstill merely because elections are being held.

"He must realise that it amounts to giving India a bad name, almost clubbing us with the image Pakistan has. He must concentrate on the job assigned to him," Jaitley said.

Topics : Cricket
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