Cheerleaders Brought to Seduce Crowd: Bal Thackeray

Times of India 
MUMBAI, Apr 28: Hitting out at the use of cheerleaders in the field to 'seduce' crowd, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Monday said the sanctity of cricket has been lost as the promoters have turned the stadium into a dance bar.

"I am a lover of good sports and music. It is the secret of my cheerfulness. I have a special affinity towards cricket. But till now only cricket was played in the field. However, now things are changing with the bringing of cheergirls to seduce the crowd," the Sena chief said in an editorial in the party mouthpiece Samana .

Thackeray, who is the editor-in-chief of Samana , said when cricketers like Polly Umrigar, Dilip Sardesai, Ajit Wadekar, Salim Durrani and Sunil Gavaskar used to play in the field, the whole stadium used to become "cheerful". Nobody that time ever felt the need to bring dancers, he added.

He said that one does not know whether people are coming to watch the cricket or to see the cheergirls in the IPL.

Thackeray also questioned Maharashtra government's reluctance to stop, the "dance" when farmers in parts of Maharashtra were committing suicides.

"At a time when farmers in Vidarbha and Marathwada region are committing suicide because they are burdened by debts, it is not clear what the people, who are pumping money to bring cheergirls, want to convey," said Thackeray.

He also criticised Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, saying he has failed to tackle the spate of farmer's suicide in the state. 


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  • Arun Menezes, Udupi

    Fri, May 02 2008

    Would like to ask Mr.Thackray just because he would have got seduced by looking at those cheerleadres less than half of his daughters age does not mean that the crowd in the stadium feels so, someone tell him that dirt lies in the mind and his mind is DIRTY, i guess we have more serious issues to fight than proving a point to Mr.Thackray,he needs to cool his nerves.......

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  • Kevin Dias, Mumbai

    Thu, May 01 2008

    Balasaheb has no right to talk, its only a few of these so called netas making the rounds about these wonderful Cheerleaders, what's wrong with having fun when the public is enjoying it.If that is bad look at our Hindi films, the Tv serials, the Video songs on TV, the advertisements that we see all over the country, if he has the power can he BAN all that.

    Once he has done that sure Mr. Pawar will end the Cheerleaders not with hot pants but with full length hot Pants! Balasaheb I must sympathize with him for not being positive , the Sholay type Coin will not boost the rating of his party at this rate.

    Come on boy the country has much greater jobs to go on, look at the recent PSLV success, the Left a thorn for the party at the centre, come together build the nation not destroy to what is being done in true spirit.

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