With barely 20 days to go, the troubled Indian Premier League was today dealt a severe jolt with Maharashtra Police calling for its postponement, saying providing security for both IPL matches and the elections will put extra strain on the forces.
Maharashtra's DG (Elections) Suprabhat Chakravarty said that his forces would be busy with election duty and suggested that the league be put off till after the elections.
"There is no point in putting extra strain on policemen. They are already busy due to elections. Even if there is no election at the venue where the IPL is being held, those people would be very busy with bandobast duty. It is a very strenuous duty," he said.
"So, where is the need to put extra strain. I mean, it can always be held after April 30 when the Maharashtra polling is over. Election period will be still on but will be a little better off. Give it a couple of days' gap and then hold it. That is my personal view," he added.