Himachal CPI (M) today sought resignation of the IPL chairman over spot fixing scandal that was exposed by Delhi police.
A party spokesperson said that IPL chairman should resign from his post on the analogy of two cabinet ministers who had to resign after their ministries were involved in rail and coal scams.
CPIM has also demanded thorough probe into the alleged connections in between the IPL-Himachal Pradesh Cricket association (HPCA) and the bookies who were involved in buying the players.
“Following the footsteps of IPL, the HPCA too has ruined the game and has turned it into a commercial activity. There is a strong nexus in between the land estate mafia, the education mafia and the HPCA in the state of HP that needs to be exposed,” alleged the CPIM spokesperson. He further said that even the present Congress government has also shown laxity towards IPL and it has failed to get its due from the HPCA who is supposed to pay for the security cover being offered in the past for the IPL matches that is more than Rs 2 crores.
“Further, the Congress regime in Himachal is laxative on reclaiming the land that has been offered to the HPCA for building of a 5 star hotel in Dharamshala which is a community land. Apparently, it seems the government has not gone through the recent judgement of the Supreme Court that forbids such transfer of community land for commercial ventures,” he said.
The party has also demanded a white paper on the HPCA from the government and has asked it to levy tax on the IPL matches in the state. It is a pity that poor performers in a circus are being forced to pay entertainment tax whereas the biggest source of entertainment i.e the IPL in the present time is being left to amass tremendous wealth.
“Since the beginning of the IPL series during Lalit Modi’s period, who also has been indicted and is evading arrest, had categorically stated that the IPL is a slur on the game and is nothing beyond money laundering machine,” he added.
He added that the present revelation as another addition to the decaying culture of neo-liberalism that has left no field untouched, be it politics, academics, judiciary, sports etc. “Everything in the market is becoming a saleable commodity. The sportspersons have also become a victim to this market oriented league where sportspersons are being offered a price to be sold in the market. The growing demand of banning the IPL should be fully endorsed and the party supports it. This ruining of the game should be stopped,” added the spokesperson.