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IPL can go for a toss, Govt won't let it hit elections
New Delhi: In the battle between the Indian Premier League and Elections 2009, Home Mnister P Chidambaram has made clear that elections are a clear priority over the cricket series.

Speaking with Karan Thapar on Devil’s Advocate, Chidambaram said he would leave the decision of rescheduling the league to the organisers and that the states cannot compromise on forces promised for elections.

“It is the responsibility of the state governments to provide security to the IPL matches. I have made it very clear that I cannot exempt any state government from committing the number security forces for elections that they have promised and that I can't spare any paramilitary forces,” he said, adding, “Elections are unquestionably more important than the IPL“.

When Karan Thapar asked if the Home Minister wanted the organisors to reschedule/pull out on their own, Chidambaram said, “They are patriotic people. I think they will take a call”.

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