New Delhi: Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy on Friday demanded a ban on the Indian Premier League (IPL), alleging that the "civilised game" of cricket has been degenerated into a "vulgar" display of money and immorality leading to national security threat.
In a statement, Swamy said the ban could be lifted after barring from the management or ownership of teams all persons actively involved in the cinema world or who hold an elected office in politics.
"I demand that the government ban the IPL tournament forthwith since game's collateral consequences are a degeneration of a civilised game of cricket into a vulgar display of money, immorality, all converting into a serious national security threat," he said.
His comments came against the backdrop of actor and Kolkata Knight Riders' owner Shah Rukh Khan's tiff with ground staff at Wankhede stadium and the arrest of an Australian player for allegedly molesting an American woman at a five-star hotel here.
"The recent incident of vulgar, unruly, rowdy behaviour of some of the players, owners and politicians make it necessary to impose this ban for a brief period," he said.