Rajkot: Nov 24, 2011
The BCCI vice-president Niranjan Shah on Thursday condemned the attack on ICC President and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar by a Delhi youth.
Pawar was slapped by a young man named Harvinder Singh, a transporter in his thirties, at a public function claiming he was angry with corruption and price rise.
The 71-year-old Pawar lost his balance but remained unperturbed after the assault and moved towards the exit of the auditorium and got into his waiting car.
The youth had earlier assaulted former Telecom Minister Sukhram after he was sentenced in a corruption case.
Niranjan Shah said the fact that the same person had only four days ago kicked former Minister Sukhram evidences quite deplorable and unpardonable intolerance.
"Even though the people have right to protest in democracy, such violence, such attack in public not only on distinguished ministers but also anyone else are highly deplorable and undemocratic acts and incidents of condemnation," said Shah, who is also the Hon. Secretary of Saurashtra Cricket Association.
"Such intolerance and violence should be curbed and condemned forthwith," he added. (PTI)