Kirti Azad has urged the Union Government to take over the affairs of BCCI through an ordinance.

Following the Board’s emergent working committee meeting in Chennai on Sunday, the former cricketer and current BJP MP issued a hard-hitting statement that did not spare his party colleagues Arun Jaitley and Anurag Thakur.

Describing the BCCI as the “Brotherhood and Cooperation in Cricket in India”, Azad said: “ The Union and state governments should display their strength against the united force of politicians of rival political parties who are shamelessly dominating Indian cricket, by taking immediate control of BCCI and respective state cricket-associations.”

He said the Government takeover was necessary for “safeguarding the huge amount of BCCI money that is unsafe in the hands of some selfish individuals, who have come to seizing control of Indian cricket by employing dubious means.”

“At each others’ throats in Parliament, [Jaitley and Thakur, and Rajiv Shukla] are so caring and affectionate towards each other in the BCCI. Or can there be a more telling brotherhood story than that of the ‘three musketeers’ jointly orchestrating an important meeting? Just imagine a score of people led by a master strategist trying to pull wool over the eyes of 1.2 billion cricket lovers.”

Azad said: “It is quite another matter that the constitution of BCCI has no provision of interim president, and the meeting itself was unconstitutional.”

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