Anurag Thakur is the the current secretary of the BCCI © Cricket
Anurag Thakur is the the current secretary of the BCCI © Cricket

Dharmasala: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur on Sunday asked the public to vote for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates in municipal corporation elections  and take “revenge” on the state government for shifting the Indo-Pak T-20 World Cup match from Dharamsala to Kolkata. “This Congress government denied the possibility of Indo-Pak match in Dharamsala, resulting in losses of crores of rupees to the public and business community. The public must take revenge for this by voting for BJP candidates in Dharamsala Municipal Corporation elections,” he said. READ: Anurag Thakur: Virbhadra Singh ashamed India by denying security for India, Pakistan in ICC World T20 2016

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, however, had clarified in a statement earlier that the state government had never refused to provide security for the India-Pakistan cricket match at Dharamsala and the decision to shift the venue to Kolkata was of the International Cricket Council (ICC). The elections to 17-member Dharamsala Municipal Corporation would be held on March 27 and the results would be declared the same day.

Dharamsala was upgraded from Municipal Council to Municipal Corporation on September 21 last year and became the second Municipal Corporation in north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh after Shimla. READ: ICC World T20 2016: Anurag Thakur slammed by Himachal Congress for ‘double speak’

Thakur on Thursday slammed Chief Minister of north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, Virbhadra Singh over shifting of Indo-Pak T-20 World Cup match from Dharamsala to Kolkata over the issue of security, saying it had caused a “big embarrassment” to the country. He questioned whether the Congress government of Himachal Pradesh had on its own taken the decision to deny “adequate security” to the match scheduled for March 19 or it was done at the behest of the party’s “high command”.