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Published: Saturday, February 14, 2004, 0:36 [IST]
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'Government owes an explanation to the nation'
Friday, February 13 2004 19:06 Hrs (IST)

New Delhi:Congress on Friday said Government owed an explanation to the nation for its reported advice to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for postponing the Indian Cricket team's tour toPakistan.

"If the Union Home Ministry was not sure about the players' security in Pakistan, it should have alerted the BCCI before the decision to play theseries was taken," chief party spokesman S Jaipal Reddy said.

Now that the Home Ministry "has taken a contrary view on the issue, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government owes an explanation not only to BCCI but to the country," Reddy said, adding"the picture is far from clear."

The "negative attitude" adopted by the Governments only showed "how fragile is the feel good factor... the matter should be left to the cricket control Boards of the two countries," party spokesman Anand Sharma said.

Sharma said it would be wrong to link sports with politics and electoral politics. "Sports and cultural activities should be kept out of politics and electoral politics."

He said the tour decision had created an excitement in the whole of subcontinent and he did not understand as to why the Home Ministry had now chosen to take a "negative" attitude.

Government's only job was to see that the players were safe and the rest should be left to the players themselves and the organisers, Sharma suggested.

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