#IPL4DroughtVictims trends ahead of Mumbai Indians vs Rising Pune Supergiants IPL 2016 opener
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Every year as the Indian Premier League (IPL) approaches, some or the other controversy surfaces and creates a negative aura around it. The Lalit Modi-Shashi Tharoor spat, spot-fixing scandal et al over the years have only put the league in a bad light. And as we prepare ourselves for the ninth season of the cash-rich league, another controversy has started picking up pace.

With around 20 matches being scheduled to be played in the drought-hit Indian state of Maharashtra, people have started voicing their concerns to shift the matches from Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur to cities in other states. A Public Interest Litigation filed in the Bombay High Court over the issue raised the valid point of significant usage of water in the outfield and pitch during the IPL games even as the farmer suicides continue to haunt the region.

Denizens raised their concerns on Twitter and soon #IPLfDroughtVictims started trending. The general view was to shift matches from the state and get that approx 70 lakh litres of water supplied to the needy people in Eastern Maharashtra, who are severely water-deprived. IPL founder Lalit Modi, who lives in self-exile in London, was amongst the prominent names who tweeted in support of the cause.

At the same time, there are others who believe that the IPL is a soft-target and the INR 1,000 Crs that the state government is expected to earn from the taxes received by hosting IPL matches in the state can be used to fulfil the water needs of millions of people in the state. Here are some top tweets that put the entire situation into perspective: