Ravi Reddy

HYDERABAD: As D-hour approaches for the third ODI between India and Australia, even elected representatives are fuming at not getting complimentary tickets.

Enthused by the runaway performance by Team India in the T20 tourney in South Africa, interest levels have peaked, if the desperate attempts of MLAs, MLCs and parliamentarians to secure tickets are any indication. Failing to secure the tickets for the much coveted match, some Congress MLAs, led by E. Pratap Reddy, even pleaded with Finance Minister K. Rosaiah to secure some tickets.

“When the judiciary and bureaucracy can get complimentary passes, why are the elected representatives ignored”, Mr. Pratap Reddy rued while talking to The Hindu on Thursday.

All of Friday, the Congress Legislature Party office saw party legislators enquiring about passes. Many were highly critical of Labour Minister G. Vinod, who is also president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association for not arranging passes. Meanwhile, G. Vinod has said the association had received a notice from the Cyberabad Police demanding “user charges”, amounting to Rs. 40 lakh.