Senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar has demanded a CBI probe into the huge amount of money involved in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
Kumar, who is also in charge of the BJP affairs in Punjab, while addressing reporters here on Sunday, said, "There are allegations that the black money deposited in Swiss banks is used in the league. There is a need for a CBI probe into this, and if things are found wrong, the IPL must be stopped."
The BJP leader said, "Overall, the cricket league looks more of a business than a sport. Auctioning of teams and players gives the indication of a business rather than a sport."
Kumar also appealed to MP and former cricketer Kirti Azad not to go on fast against the IPL. Kumar said they were all with Azad and must collectively take up the issue.
The BJP leader said the controversies, including the alleged fixing, were unfortunate and it was time the Centre intervened.
Talking about the wheat procurement, Kumar said the Centre should immediately start exporting wheat. "Currently, lakhs of tonnes of wheat grain is damaged just because the government has failed to arrange adequate storage facilities. It is the need of the hour that the government permit export of wheat and other items that are abundant in our country," he said.
Kumar said, "When I was chairman of Parliament's standing committee on commerce, I had sent a report in this regard, but the government hasn't moved. It looks the union government is in a coma."
Earlier, Kumar held a meeting with the BJP leaders regarding the forthcoming MC polls.
He said, "The BJP will choose good candidates and win. The party is ready for elections and will soon announce its candidates."Answering a question regarding the start of 'kar sewa' for the memorial to the 1984 operation, Kumar said he had no details on this, so he could not comment.