Chennai: Chepauk traders and cricket fans are upset that IPL is dragged into politics. “Will you get water if cricket match is banned? Sports should be kept away from politics. We don’t want even ministers to support or talk about the IPL as it irritates the Opposition and fringe Tamil outfits,” said Chepauk traders, who are also upset with heavy deployment of police. They say extra police deployment and traffic diversions in the area will hit their business during this IPL season.
“I don’t agree with the idea of banning cricket match for the cause of Cauvery. Cauvery is a livelihood for Delta farmers and so is the cricket stadium in Chepauk for us”, said a trader with Chepauk Sports dealing with all kind of sports kit adding that already the two-year ban on team Chennai Super Kings had affected their business.
“The apex court has made it clear and its order has to be implemented. Why should cricket be dragged into this? I am fan of actor Rajinikanth and will certainly vote for him, but he cannot ask captain M. S. Dhoni to wear black badge for the cause of Cauvery”, says HR professional D. Surendhar, who is an ardent fan of Chennai Super Kings. This is an issue related to my state and my riparian rights over water and I don’t think banning cricket will help me to retrieve my rights, he adds.
“It will be better if we stage a demonstration in front of courts that fail to render natural justice by dragging the issue for years”, said another CSK fan and an advocate of Madras high court wishing not to be named.