Decision will send a negative message to the world: Jaitley

Holding the UPA Govt responsible for the IPL shift, BJP's Arun Jaitley says Centre's "non-cooperation" will send wrong signals to international commun

updated: March 23, 2009 10:17 IST
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New Delhi:

Holding the Congress-led UPA government responsible for the BCCI's decision to shift the IPL out of the country, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Sunday said the Centre's "non-cooperation" would send wrong signals to international community before the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

"Has India become so insecure that a domestic tournament has to go abroad? The whole country is disturbed with the non-cooperation by the government, which will send wrong signals about India's security condition," Jaitley told reporters in New Delhi.

"We used to hear about security threats to sporting events in Pakistan, but now this is happening in India. This will surely give wrong signals," he emphasised.

"After this, how will we respond to foreign teams who will travel to the country and how will we convince the tourists and players that India is secured for the Delhi Commonwealth Games?" asked Jaitley.

The BCCI today decided to stage the lucrative Twenty20 tournament, which proved to be hugely popular last year, on foreign soil after government told the organisers it may not be possible to provide adequate security during the event due to upcoming general elections.

"This was the first time a global sporting brand was created in the country. But if the second edition of the event is not held in the country, that means we are diluting the brand," Jaitley said.