The Rajasthan unit of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stated on Tuesday that IPL involved a lot of black money. They also said that they will not allow IPL matches to be held at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.
The Aam Aadmi Party's office bearer Poonam Chand Bhandari stated that IPL is a way of evading taxes and turning black money into white. She also highlighted several corruptions that hit IPL over the last few years.
"IPL was conceived by Lalit Modi, who is a fugitive and is wanted in money laundering cases. It has a team of Vijay Mallya, who too fled the country and is now being sought by a consortium of banks for default payments of Rs 9,000 crore. Rajasthan Royals' three players were in jail in the past," the Times of India quoted Bhandari as saying.
The state of Rajasthan is also going through a severe drought situation like Maharashtra.
A few days ago, the Bombay High Court had ordered BCCI to shift all the IPL games out of Maharashtra after April 30. BCCI took necessary measures and asked Mumbai Indians to opt for an alternative home ground and the two-time IPL champions chose Jaipur as their alternative home.
Soon after Mumbai Indians opted for Sawai Man Singh Stadium as their second home, Rajasthan High Court too questioned the State Government and Rajasthan Cricket Association's decision to allow BCCI to hold three IPL matches in another drought-hit state.
"We will gehrao the Sawai Man Singh Stadium if the matches are allowed here. Water, which is so scarce in the state, is being wasted in the name of entertainment," AAP's State Convener Sunil Agiwal said, according to the daily.
"Instead of addressing the plight of farmers in drought affected areas, the Vasundhara Raje-government was putting all its energy in organising the IPL matches. It shows how sensitive this government is to the common man's plight."