Jaipur:Lalit Modi's threat to shift Indian Premier League matches out of Jaipur drew a sharp reaction from the ruling Congress here with the party's state President C P Joshi saying that the IPL chairman has "no right" to do so.
Modi, President of the faction-ridden Rajasthan Cricket Association, is in a legal mess with FIRs against him for alleged cheating and acquiring a piece of land in Nagaur district through unfair means.
He, however, dismissed all charges against him as "politically motivated" and today threatened to shift IPL matches out of Jaipur.
But Joshi said Modi was wrongly accusing the Rajasthan government of trying to sabotage IPL.
"The chief minister has said and I would also like to say on behalf of the people of Rajasthan that IPL should be held in Rajasthan. The Government will cooperate fully. RCA officials have differences among them. Due to their internal differences, Lalit Modi has no right to deprive the cricket loving people of Rajasthan of IPL," Joshi said.
Earlier on Monday, Modi said he has been authorised by the IPL Governing Council to decide on the venue of the IPL matches and shifting them from Jaipur was an option being considered.
"It is going to deter the IPL management from staging matches (in Jaipur). The Governing Council has already taken a decision authorising me to decide whether we should be able to hold matches anywhere, whether it's one place or x, y, z," Modi told reporters here.
"The option to move matches (out of Jaipur) is available to us. We are looking at alternate venues without doubt. If any government anywhere is going to deter the IPL management from staging matches we would take away those matches and hold them elsewhere," he added.
His statement came a day after a case of cheating was lodged against Modi at a Jaipur police station for alleged failure to deposit the entire Rs six crore he publicly promised for the city's blast victims in the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.