Concerned over the spot-fixing controversy in the T20 league tournament, political parties on Friday upped the ante with the NCP demanding BCCI chief N Srinivasan’s resignation after his son-in-law's name figured in the ongoing investigations.
“If Srinivasan has any iota of morality and public accountability then he should immediately tender his resignation,” NCP general secretary DP Tripathi said.
Srinivasan, he said, was under the shadow of doubt after his son-in-law was Gurunath Meiyappan summoned by Mumbai police for questioning. “Therefore, I think, till investigations are completed, Srinivasan should resign forthwith,” Tripathi said.
Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar's party also sought tough laws to deal with those involved in match fixing with provisions such as 10-year jail term for guilty sportspersons and seizure of their assets.
Its main ally, the Congress too echoed similar sentiments. “Cricket is a very popular game and strict action should be taken against those involved in the scam. If a new law is required to stop match fixing, Congress will definitely support it,” senior leader Mohan Prakash said in Rajkot.
Alleging that cricket fans were “betrayed” due to the spot-fixing, the BJP said the BCCI should own up responsibility for the scandal and take stern action against those involved.
“BCCI should come out clean. They can not escape from it since people who consider cricket as religion, feel betrayed,” party spokesman Prakash Javadekar said in Mumbai.
Slamming Srinivasan's recent statement that the board was a private entity, he asked, “how can Team India be a national team then? How can they represent the country then?”
Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Aggarwal also demanded Srinivasan’s resignation till investigations are completed. “We all are worried… Big names are being saved at the expense of small names,” he said, adding the sports ministry should make a law to end the BCCI autonomy.
RJD leader Lalu Prasad said the scandal has destroyed the league's credibility lowered the country’s dignity. “Action should be taken against everyone. They all do it for money. All this should be closed….Everyone is dishonest,” he said.