PM peppers speech with cricket reference

Published on Apr 06, 2004 08:05 PM IST

The ongoing Indo-Pak cricket fever continued to catch the attention of Vajpayee who peppered his poll speech with references to the popular sport.

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The ongoing Indo-Pak cricket fever continued to catch the attention of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who peppered his poll speech here on Tuesday with references to the popular sport in the context of India's relations with its neighbours.

Addressing a mammoth election rally at the Northeast Frontier Railway Stadium at Maligaon here, the Prime Minister referred to the ongoing cricket diplomacy between India and Pakistan.

"We are talking about peace everywhere in the world, including with Pakistan. Earlier, we were playing with bombs but now we are playing cricket," he said.

"Everyone should know we have got good players but winning or losing the match doesn't matter in the long run. It is the goodwill generated by the ongoing Indo-Pak cricket ties that should be taken into consideration," Vajpayee said.

The Prime Minister again referred to sports while speaking on infiltrators coming from neighbouring countries particularly Bangladesh.

"Neighbouring countries should realise we have very good players in all fields. So they should stop indulging in ungamely acts of pushing infiltrators into our country," he added.

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