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Cheerleaders against Indian culture

cricket Updated: May 03, 2008 20:44 IST

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Former cricketer and chief of BJP's sports cell Kirti Azad on Saturday criticised the performance of cheerleaders during Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, saying it was "against Indian culture and society".

In a press conference in Darbhanga on Saturday, Azad said, "Uncultured shows of dance by half-naked girls go against India's culture and society."

Laying emphasis on maintaining the sanctity of IPL, the former BJP MP said, "It is condemnable to organise such ugly shows of dance in the pattern of the western countries."

"Promotion of dance by half-naked girls in the name of entertainment and a series of on-field spats in the last one week has undermined the sanctity of IPL," Azad said.

"These shortcomings suggest that IPL is money-spinner only," he said.

Azad expressed anxiety over alleged "poor management and non-adherence to the time-limit for IPL matches".

He justified the decision of banning Harbhajan Singh from playing in the IPL for slapping S Sreesanth.