No Sri Lankan IPL players in TN: Jaya
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday continued putting pressure on the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over the issue of Sri Lankan Tamils and told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that no Sri Lankan cricketer will be allowed to play in her state during the upcoming sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
"In such a hostile and tense environment, we apprehend that the participation of Sri Lankan players in the IPL tournament, with many games to be played in Chennai, will aggravate an already surcharged atmosphere and further offend the sentiments of the people," Jayalalithaa wrote in her letter to the Prime Minister.
"In view of the popular antipathy and anger in Tamil Nadu against the actions of the Government of Sri Lanka, the Government of Tamil Nadu is of the view that IPL matches involving Sri Lankan players, umpires and other officials should not be played in Tamil Nadu," the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo said.
Jayalalithaa on Monday wrote to Manmohan Singh and said India should boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) to be held in Sri Lanakan city Colombo in November.
UPA's former alliance partner Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has also demanded that India should 'boycott' the CHOGM.
The IPL 2013 will commence with an Opening Ceremony on the evening of Apr 2 at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
The sixth edition of IPL will be played across the country from Apr 3 to May 26.
(Posted on 26-03-2013)