New Delhi: BJP on Friday said ICC chief and
Union Minister Sharad Pawar should not have participated in
the union cabinet meeting which approved income tax exemption
to the cricketing body for the World Cup matches and demanded
the government explain how the relief was being given.
"It would have been appropriate if Sharad Pawar had not
participated in the cabinet meeting. We would also like to
ask the government of India on what basis it gave this
sanction (tax exemption)," BJP Chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar
He sought to know "how this situation arose" in the
The BJP leader argued the ICC should not be given a tax
exemption as it makes huge profits and has no shortage of
Asked about permission not being granted to some media
organisations to cover the cricket World cup finals, Prasad
said "cricket is not just a game simpliciter. It has now
virtually become a national game. People want to know what is
happening in the game all the time."
He asked ICC to consider the plea of the masses and take
some action in this regard.
"ICC may have some commercial interests but regardless
of that, it should also consider this request from media
houses," Prasad said.