RPI threatens to disrupt IPL unless it funds drought relief

Last Updated: Mar 22, 2013, 19:29 PM IST

Mumbai: After Shiv Sena, it is now Ramdas Athawale-led Republican Party of India (RPI) which has demanded that the Indian Premier League (IPL) should contribute match profits for drought relief in Maharashtra.

"If IPL organisers don`t declare contribution towards drought relief, RPI workers will disrupt matches," Athawale said here today.

Last week, Shiv Sena had said that IPL team owners who are rich industrialists and Bollywood stars should have no problem coughing up the amount generated from the IPL cricket matches set to start next month.

"The state faces an unprecedented drought and needs funds urgently. IPL owners should contribute at least Rs 500 crore which they earn," Sena leader Sanjay Raut had said.