Shashi Tharoor – MP, Congress leader :
Attention Kerala cricket lovers:
I’ve thoroughly looked into the bizarre decision to schedule an Army recruitment drive at the Thiruvananthapuram SportsHub at the expense of hosting the India-SouthAfrica women’s cricket series. This will damage the turf & jeopardise future events here.
While pretending to be supportive of sports, the Govt has deliberately tried to destroy the chances of international cricket in Thiruvananthapuram.
There are dozens of places in the district where the Army could hold its recruitment. KCA cricket itself offered another ground.
State Govt needs to explain & apologise to the people of Thiruvananthapuram & cricket fans across the state for this sabotage.
We are proud of our Army & wish the best for them. But it is easily possible to spare the SportsHub for international cricket AND hold an Army drive in a larger facility.
WHY is the LDF Govt deliberately attacking Kerala cricket’s future?
Why are they assaulting the wishes of people of Thiruvananthapuram?
Do they think that using the Army as an excuse will absolve them of accountability for anti-people politics? Is cricket not proletarian enough?
I challenge the Kerala Govt to explain itself & to justify the unreasonable rejection of multiple viable alternatives.
I can confirm this decision was appealed at much higher levels and the State Govt remained impervious. The people want to know!