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'Security for IPL 2 in AP after April 26'
The Union Home Ministry on Sunday (March 15) said that in Andhra Pradesh security for the high-profile Indian Premier League (IPL) season 2 can only be provided after April 26. All matches in April to be postponed till elections are over as it will be difficult to provide state forces for security. The Home Ministry said that after April 26 Andhra Pradesh will be completely ready to host IPL 2.

Venkat Reddy, Vice-President, Deccan Chargers said, "Government of Andhra Pradesh has given green signal for Deccan Chargers to go ahead to conduct home matches in Hyderabad and Vizag from April 26. Away matches will be as per the changes made by the host cities, and revised fixtures will be announced soon."

Earlier, Home Minister of Karnataka VS Acharya on Saturday (March 14) speaking on providing security for the IPL matches said they cannot provide security to matches till May 3. The minister said the inability to host matches has been conveyed to the Royal Challengers team.

The Home Minister of Karnataka speaking on the issue said, "Lok Sabha Elections are our priority. We cannot provide security personnel both for the elections and the matches at the same time. We have commitments towards the election process and providing security on the polling dates. However, we can provide security if the matches are held between 4th and May 14.”

“Bangalore City police will not be in a position to give security for IPL matches until May 3 in view of our commitments regarding Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka on April 23 and April 30,” Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari said.

On Friday (March 13) the Home Ministry said that it may not be feasible to hold IPL matches as per the existing schedule and asked the organisers to re-work the dates. The organisers were advised to accommodate the concerns of various state governments and draw a revised schedule and submit it to the Home Ministry.

Soon after the Home Ministry issued a statement asking the IPL organisers to re-work the dates as it was not feasible to hold matches under the existing schedule, Modi and Raman air-dashed from Mumbai to the capital in a bid to find a way out of the imbroglio.

The Home Ministry directive came after eight states, where matches in the second edition of the highly successful tournament were to be held, said that they may not be able to provide security in view of the general elections beginning April 16.

“Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is advising the IPL organisers that it may not be feasible to hold the matches as per the revised schedule submitted by them on March seven, 2009. IPL organisers have been advised to accommodate the concerns of various state governments and draw up a revised schedule and submit the same to the MHA,” the Ministry said a statement.

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