Amid raging controversy over the Indian Premier League, the Samajwadi Party today alleged that suspended IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi has been made a scapegoat by vested interests within the Congress-led ruling coalition at the Centre.
"Lalit Modi has been made a scapegoat by the UPA, which is led by the Congress and has NCP as one of its major constituents.
"His suspension seems to have been aimed at shielding people with vested interests within the ruling coalition," SP general secretary Mohan Singh told reporters here.
He said a thorough investigation was needed to bring out the complete truth behind the IPL controversy, in which names of two Union ministers have figured.
The SP general secretary also said the nation-wide shut-down tomorrow, the call for which has been given jointly by as many as 13 political outfits, would mark "the emergence of a third front" that would provide a viable alternative to big political parties which have been "insensitive" towards concerns of the common people like price rise.