In manifesto, Congress party promises Indian state a cricket franchise

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In manifesto, Congress party promises Indian state a cricket franchise

India’s opposition Congress party has made a promise to the central state of Madhya Pradesh that it will work towards securing representation for the state in the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament. This move is part of the party’s efforts to attract voters ahead of the upcoming regional elections. The Congress party included this commitment in its election manifesto, stating that it will take significant measures to bring an IPL franchise to Madhya Pradesh if it succeeds in unseating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Madhya Pradesh is one of the five states that will hold elections for new legislatures next month, preceding the general elections scheduled for May 2024, in which Modi and the BJP will aim for a third consecutive term.

The IPL is an immensely popular tournament in India, with an estimated brand value of $8.4 billion. Since its inception in 2008, it has become one of the wealthiest leagues globally, attracting top players and coaches to India. Currently, the tournament consists of 10 teams from various regions of India, but Madhya Pradesh, despite being one of the most populous states in the country with a population of 1.4 billion, does not have a team representing it.

However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which oversees the IPL, has stated that it does not have immediate plans to expand the number of teams in the tournament. It is worth noting that the BCCI has close ties with the BJP, as it is led by Jay Shah, the son of federal interior minister Amit Shah. Additionally, the IPL Chairman, Arun Singh Dhumal, is the brother of sports minister Anurag Thakur.

In 2022, the IPL did add two new franchises when the promoters of Lucknow and Ahmedabad cities paid a combined 127.15 billion rupees ($1.53 billion) to join the lucrative league.

($1 = 83.2220 Indian rupees)

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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