IPL cheergirls face ban in Maharashtra

April 25th, 2008 - 7:14 am ICT by admin  

Mumbai, April 24 (IANS) Taking objection to “scantily clad foreign girls’ dances”, the Maharashtra government Thursday asked the Indian Premier League (IPL) to seek prior permission for cheerleaders’ performances during high-profile Twenty20 cricket matches. Maharashtra Minister of State for Home Siddharam Mhetre told reporters Thursday that the organizers of the cricket events will have to seek the state government’s permission for cheergirls’ dance shows during the matches - something they had not done before last week’s IPL match here.

“The scantily clad foreign girls’ dances are certainly obscene and do not gel with the Indian sensibilities, culture and ethos,” the minister said.

The minister’s observations came in response to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and senior legislative council member Nitin Gadkari’s demand in the upper house last week to impose a ban on the dances.

“The government had done the right thing in banning the dance bars in the state. It must do the same thing in the case of cheergirls’ dances which are worse in the sense th

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