PM for playing cricket instead of 'bombs'

Published: Tuesday, April 6, 2004, 22:11 [IST]
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Guwahati:The ongoing cricket fever in the country seems to have caught on with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee who peppered his speech at Guwahati with references to the popular sport.

Addressing a mammoth election rally at the North East Frontier Railway Stadium at Maligaon in Guwahati , the Prime Minister referred to the ongoing cricket diplomacy between India and Pakistan.

''We are talking about peace everywhere in the world, including with Pakistan. Earlier, we were playing with bombs but now we are playing cricket'', he said.

''Everyone should know we have got good players but winning or losing the match doesn't matter in the long run. It is the goodwill generated by the ongoing Indo-Pak cricket tie that should be taken into consideration," Vajpayee said.

The Prime Minister again referred to sports while speaking on infiltration by neighbouring countries particularly Bangladesh.

''Neighbouring countries should realise we have very good players in all fields. So they should stop indulging in ungamely acts of pushing infiltrators into our country," he said.

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