Cricket Legends Make Way for BJP Leaders at Wankhede Gates

Cricket legends Vinoo Mankad and Polly Umrigar will have to make way for BJP stalwarts Hashu Advani and Shivaji Mankar on Friday, as the party has decided to rename gates at Wankhede stadium for the oath taking ceremony; cricketing community and families fuming at this 'doosra'.

updated: October 30, 2014 13:55 IST
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The Vinoo Mankad gate is the main entrance into Wankhede stadium.

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It won't just be a new government taking oaths at the Wankhede stadium on Friday. Even the stadium's entrance gates shall bear a new name.

The BJP-led government has stumped the cricketing community with their decision to rename the entrances to the stadium, currently named after cricketing legends Vinoo Mankad and Polly Umrigar, after its own senior functionaries, for their special day.

While Mankad opened for India, Umrigar was a great middle-order batsman. CM-designate Devendra Fadnavis, along with his top cabinet ministers, will take oath on Friday. The ceremony is expected to be attended by PM Narendra Modi, party boss Amit Shah and other prominent leaders.

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