Guj riots a national shame, not IPL going abroad

Published: Tuesday, March 24, 2009, 10:51 [IST]
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Chidambaram hits out at Narendra Modi

New Delhi: Just a day after the Indian Premier League (IPL) moved out of India, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said "BCCI's remarks that the govt pushed IPL 2 outside India is completely unwarranted".

He hit back at the Cricket board saying the final say on staging of IPL rested with the State govts.

He said, "As of today only three states and one union territory -- Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab and Chandigarh, have given their comment in writing. Other states have not yet communicated. Meanwhile, BCCI and IPL took a decision to hold the matches outside India.

Taking on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who had described the shifting of the IPL out of India as a "national shame", the Home Minister said that most people in India thought that the Gujarat communal riots of 2002 were a national shame.


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