By CricketCountry Staff
Bengaluru: Apr 11, 2012
An official from Karnataka State Cricket Academy (KSCA) in-charge of IPL ticket distribution has revealed that an MLA from Bellary is said to have collected 12 tickets after getting signatures from as many MLAs as possible for the Bangalore-Delhi match last Saturday. However the name of the MLA name hasn't been revealed.
This revelation comes in the wake of an unusual turn-around in the scheme of things after many legislators declined to collect their free passes which they were entitled to, after an altercation with the KSCA earlier this week.
In-order to avoid any backlash from the legislators the KSCA had allotted almost 300 IPL 5 tickets worth 1650 each. The tickets were being handed out through the legislative assembly secretariat.
But many MLA’s declined to collect their passes citing drought as a reason. Apparently in the wake of a drought crisis they don’t want to be seen enjoying at IPL matches fearing a backlash.
"I rather prefer to tour the state to study the drought situation rather than watch IPL matches. I also have to concentrate on the drinking water problem in the city. This doesn't mean I'm not interested in cricket, but I'm unable to go for the matches," home and transport minister R Ashoka was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
The entire controversy has created a huge confusion with some of them trying to procure more than one pass under other MLA’s name. According to the settlement the KSCA had agreed to allot only one pass per person. A few legislators were upset for being given lower denomination tickets.
Two days ago, few corporators from Bruhat Bengaluru Mahangara Palike (BBMP) had refused to collect garbage from the Chinnaswamy stadium after being denied free passes for home matches of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).