Amidst lot of uneasiness, Moments of anxiety, matches being decided in the last overs, frenzied activity going around the pact stadiums, colossal money entailed, a stress buster is indeed incumbent on. Nothing better, If one could get a branded cigarette to smoke. After all It’s IPL, its time to breathe easy, its time to hang loose, it’s time to tranquilize, its time to drink bear and smoke. But attention attention, anti-tobacco act is working.
During the match between Kings XI Punjab and RCB at PCA stadium in Mohali on Friday, Mallya was caught on camera, puffing. District health officials are going to issue a notice to liquor baron and Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya for smoking in a public place, thus violating the anti-tobacco act.
District health official, Mohali, Dr SP Surila said, “People keep on violating the anti smoking rules inside the stadium and this is happening as No Smoking boards are not displayed properly inside the stadium. The issue would be discussed with deputy commissioner and if required a meeting would be held with PCA officials for stricter implementation of the act”.
Recently, district health officials had served a notice to Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne for smoking inside the stadium. Before Warne and Mallya, Kings XI co owner Ness Wadia and IPL commissioner Lalit Modi too had courted controversy after they smoked inside the PCA stadium in 2008 when the first edition of IPL was launched. Warne was even caught sharing bear with a fan during the match in South Arica last year while he was fielding at the long on.
During the first season , Mallya was warned by then Union Health Minister Ramadoss. Ramadoss argued that Mallya has been promoting his liquor brand through IPL by using the banner ‘Royal Challengers’ . Ramadoss criticised the King of good times for promoting surrogate advertising of alcohol products.
At the end Mallya is enjoying, Modi is living it up, Ness Wadia needs smoking desperately due to ongoing performance of Kings 11 Punjab, Warne has been victorious . In short they deserve or need smoking, drinking. No issues with that. At the end of the day T-20, and particularly IPL, is for chilling out and relishing. But yes, violation of rules calls for strong condemnation and overall rejection.
Authored by: Saahil Menghani