Virbhadra flays Dhumal for spending Rs 3 cr for IPL matches
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 18:09
Shimla: Union Minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday criticised the Himachal Pradesh government for spending Rs three crore from the state exchequer for hosting IPL matches at Dharamsala.

"IPL (Indian Premier League) is a pure business venture and an effective means of earning huge profits... there is no rationale of the state spending Rs three crore for hosting two IPL matches at Dharamsala," Singh said at the closing ceremony of a cricket tournament at Nankhari in Shimla.

Players in the IPL championship are chosen at a hefty price through auction. "This is shear wastage of public money," Singh said.

The state government had recently provided Rs 3 crore to spruce up Dharamsala for hosting two IPL matches (the last of which is scheduled between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings today).

The matches are hosted by Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association headed by Anurag Thakur, an MP and the Chief Minister's son.

The state government on one hand cries for lack of fund to even pay arrears to the employees on time, on the other hand money is wasted on IPL matches, Singh, five-time CM of the state in the past, said.


First Published: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 18:09

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