Voices of dissent against the Indo-Pak ICC World Twenty20 match at HPCA Dharamshala ground on 19th March are growing louder as many of the state political leaders have asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to shift the match out of the state.
Congress stalwart and Chief Minister of the Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh has voiced his concern against the match at Dharamshala and asked to shift the match from Himachal in a wake of Pathankot terror attack. Another Congress leader GS Bali has also demanded to shift the venue.
Senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar has too joined the chorus demanding cancellation of the Indo-Pak World T20 Cricket match as a mark of respect to the two soldiers from the state killed in Pathankot terror attack.
BJP Kangra MP Shanta Kumar, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, displayed his dissent of hosting match at the Dharamshala. He asked that if peace talks with Pakistan could be deferred, why cricket match can’t be cancelled.
Himachal Lokhit Party also showed their dissent and pointed finger at Anurag Thakur, Hamirpur MP and General Secretary BCCI and the state government for the reason of hosting match at Dharamshala despite objection from the people of the state. HLP leader M.N Sofat doubted of involvement of black money in the match reason behind not cancelling the match.
Families of martyrs and ex-servicemen have already objected of hosting match at the Dharamshala and termed it as a disgrace to the sacrifice of the brave solders, who had laid their life protecting the country from the Pakistan sponsored terror attacks.