As the Union Home Ministry has passed on a revised schedule for the Indian Premier League to the states, the West Bengal government on Thursday requested the Centre to reschedule IPL matches in the city on May eight and 10 as they are close to the Lok Sabha elections.
“The dates (of the matches) have been revised once. Of the revised dates, we have problems with May eight and 10 as these are close to the elections in Kolkata on May 13,” state Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen told reporters this evening.
Sen said that he could not give offhand the revised schedule sent by the Centre, and added that the state government had written to the Centre for rescheduling the matches on May eight and 10.
“I am laying down the principle that we will have problems if the matches are held too close to the Lok Sabha elections in Kolkata on May 13,” he said.
Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal will be held on April 30, May 7 and May 13. Polls in Kolkata and its adjoining North and South 24-Parganas districts would be held on May 13.
Sen replied in the negative when asked whether the state government has requested the Centre for para-military forces for deployment at the Eden Gardens, venue of IPL matches.
“We will need para-military not for Eden, but for the elections. We will request the Centre for these forces. We are now working out the force requirement,” he said.