No Ganguly in Parliament, says Yadav

Published: Sunday, December 18, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Janata Dal (U) National President Sharad Yadav today decried the decision of Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee to allow a discussion in the House on exclusion of Sourav Ganguly from the team, saying it would set a bad precedent.

"Parliament is not a theatre. It should not allow itself to be dragged into a debate on such issues," Yadav told newsmen here.

"There are several other issues such as illiteracy, poverty and education which should be debated in the House and not a sport which symbolises colonial rule," he said.

Yadav said he would be writing a letter to the Speaker, expressing his opposition to the discussion on the former Indian captain.

The JD(U) leader also urged politicians to desist from joining the issue and said they should instead devote their time to other pressing matters of national interest.

"Politicans should not get involved with the Ganguly issue," he said.

Stating that cricket had almost finished other games, Yadav said no hue and cry was raised either by the media or the politicians when injustice was meted to ace hockey player Dhanraj Pillay.

He also criticised the media for devoting excessive time to issues pertaining to film personalities and players.

Yadav said politicians should keep away from sports while refusing to comment further on Sharad Pawar's election as BCCI President.

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