LS debate on sports not meant to discuss Sourav

Published: Friday, December 23, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:With the Sourav Ganguly controversy and media reportage on it apparently weighingheavily on his mind, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee today said the debate on sports in the Lok Sabha was not meant to discuss the omission of any player from any team.

"Let me make it clear that I had not admitted any notice or motion to discuss the omission of any player from any team whatsoever," the Speaker said at the start of the debate onthe need to develop sports infrastructure in the country keeping in view the forthcoming sporting events.

Referring to editorials and media reports advising "the Speaker what to do and what not to do", Chatterjee said after he had admitted the motion, "some well-meaning but misinformed friends have been advising me that I had done something improper".

He made it clear that "let it not be said that there has been manipulation to espouse the cause of a particular player however big or however important he may be.

"It is because of the very unseemly comments made on the Speaker's decision to allow a discussion that I am forced to make these observations", the Speaker said.

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