Subhas vows not to let cheerleaders perform in Eden Gardens

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Kolkata, Apr 25 (UNI) Hours after the Navi Mumbai police warned against any vulgar act on cricket ground, West Bengal Sports Minister Subhash Chakraborty today vowed not to let the cheerleaders perform in the Eden Gardens for the next DLF-IPL matches.

The Minister's voice was echoed by two of his colleagues in the Left Front Government, who said the on-the-ground dance was against the Indian culture and 'pervert'.

''Such kind of dance should be stopped. I shall not allow it to take place on a footbal ground,'' Mr Chakraborty told reporters.

The maverick Sports Minister, who in the past had whipped up several controversies with his statements, said what was happening was not right since such events were avidly watched by children and youngsters.

''The Government should stop it,'' he said.

Mr Chakraborty's reaction came after the Navi Mumbai police said the cheerleaders were free to perform in the IPL match to be played on April 27, but action would be taken against the organisers if their act was found to be ''vulgar'' or ''indecent''.

The match is slated between Mumbai Indians and Deccan Chargers, Hyderabad.

Police Commissioner Ramrao Wagh said in case the cheerleaders indulged in obscenity, the ''license holders'' (the organisers) would be prosecuted for indecency in a public place and breach of license terms.

Supporting Mr Chakraborty, Water Investigation Minister Nandgaopal Bhattacharya said he would take up the issue with Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee so that the cheerleaders' dances were stopped immediately.

''This is a kind of perversion in a country where we have a strong cultural heritage,'' he said.

PWD Minister Kshiti Goswami also observed that the dance was not in commensurate with Indian culture.

''I should not say it is a decadent culture, because it is a part of the culture elsewhere in the country. But this does not go with ours,'' he said adding the performance of cheerleaders only distract the attention of spectators.

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