Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi might have slammed the UPA government for letting the Indian Premier League fly out of the country, but a letter written by the state Director General of Police to the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) shows that even the Modi-administered state had expressed its inability to provide security for some of the matches scheduled in the state.
“Lok Sabha polls in the state is scheduled for 30 April 2009. Therefore, we will not be in a position to demarcate police force for security purposes for the conduct of IPL matches played between 15th April and 3rd May 2009. In view of this, you may kindly explore the feasibility of shifting the match scheduled for 22nd April to any date either before 10th April or after 3rd May, 2009,” SS Khandwawala, DG and IG, Gujarat Police said in a letter written to the GCA on March 17. Copies of the letter were even forwarded to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
Stating that other dates were feasible with the state, Khandwawala wanted the confirmation of the dates suggested by them from the GCA in order to issue an assurance letter (as requested by the association on 12th March).