BJP MLA takes out rally to support Indian team

Published: Saturday, November 24, 2001, 2:50 [IST]
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Mumbai: "What is common between Osama Bin Laden and ICC match referee Mike Denness? They both want to terrorise the world," screamed a placard hold aloft as part of a rally taken out in Mumbai on Friday in support of Indian team.The rally, led by city BJP MLA Mangalprabhat Lodha, was taken to express the nation's solidarity with the Indian team after Denness in a controversial decision handed out varying punishments to six Indian cricketers including batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar in South Africa. Around 100 activists participated in the rally in front of the Cricket Club of India (CCI). They carried Denness' cartoon, which said, "I am racist, notorious and I am Denness." The protestors later set afire an effigy of Denness and shouted slogans condemning him. They later submitted a memorandum to CCI office-bearers seeking explanation from former BCCI chairman Raj Singh Dungarpur, who had come out in open to support the Denness' action. "We demanded that Dungarpur should clarify his position," Lodha said.
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