Himachal Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Satpal Singh Satti treaded cautiously on the controversy over India-Pakistan World T20 match slated for March 19 at Dharamshala, as he ducked queries on the issue stating that “matter was beyond party’s jurisdiction”.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Satti said that an issue was being created from non-issue.
“Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) is not BJP’s frontal organisation that party has to answer about what it does,” asserted Satti.
“Why there is politics when it comes to cricket? There was no protest when Pakistan contingent recently participated in South- Asian games held in Assam,” he added.
Maintaining that the venue for the match was decided by HPCA and Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), the BJP chief said that state government was responsible to provide security for any event.
“It’s between the state government, BCCI and HPCA, to take the final call,” said Satti.
On BJP leaders, including Kangra MP Shanta Kumar, opposing the match, Satti said everyone had the right to express his views.
“What Shantaji said was his personal view and opinion,” he said.
Hitting out at Congress government, Satti said leaders from ruling party, including some ministers, who were opposing the match, were also seeking free tickets of the match from HPCA officials.
Predicts win in Dharamshala MC elections
Earlier, Satti held a meeting with local party leaders to chalk out a strategy for the upcoming elections to the newly-formed Dharamshala Municipal Corporation (MC).
He said that a seven-member committee led by Kangra organisational district president Sanjay Chaudhary had been constituted to finalise the party candidates.
The committee will also meet people in all the 17 wards to know about the issues on the basis of which a manifesto would be prepared.
“BJP will definitely win the election as people are disillusioned by the Congress government for its failure on every front,” said Satti.
He alleged that like Zilla Parishad elections held last month, the Congress was desperately attempting to take control of the Dharamshala MC.
“The government’s decision to not fight the MC election on party symbol and a reservation roaster fixing tenure of the mayor for two-and-half years instead of five years clearly indicates the sinister plan of the ruling party,” alleged Satti.
“It’s an agenda to facilitate horse trading to take control of Dharamshala MC,” he added.
He also hit out at local MLA and urban development minister Sudhir Sharma alleging that he failed to deliver the promises made the previous assembly elections.
“Law and order and benami land deals taking place in Dharamshala will be raised during the MC elections,” said the BJP chief.
Blurb: State BJP chief treads cautiously terming the issue ‘beyond party’s jurisdiction’; says HPCA not a BJP frontal organisation