Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday, alleging that the India vs. Australia World Cup final at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium has been transformed into a BJP-centric event. Raut emphasized the upcoming presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the stadium, cautioning against politicizing cricket.
In his statement, Raut remarked, “It looks as if PM Modi will bowl, Amit Shah will bat, and BJP leaders will man the boundary as the World Cup final unfolds today… There is no need to bring politics into cricket, but it is being done in Ahmedabad.”
Further targeting PM Modi, Raut suggested that there might be attempts to credit India’s potential World Cup victory solely to the politician’s presence at the cricket ground. He expressed skepticism, saying, “I won’t be surprised if we get to hear later, should India win the World Cup, that we lifted the trophy because PM Modi was in attendance. Anything can happen in the country these days.”
The controversy arises ahead of the World Cup final where PM Modi and Australia’s deputy PM Richard Marles are slated to watch the cricket match on Sunday. Raut’s comments reflect the ongoing tension between political involvement and sporting events, echoing concerns about the merging of politics and cricket, particularly in the context of high-profile attendees at the championship game.