New Delhi: Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy on Friday demanded a ban on IPL, alleging that the "civilised game" of cricket has been degenerated into a "vulgar" display of money and immorality leading to national security threat.
   
In a statement, Swamy said the ban could be lifted after barring from the management or ownership of teams all persons actively involved in the cinema world or who hold an elected office in politics.
   
"I demand that the government ban the IPL tournament forthwith since game's collateral consequences are a degeneration of a civilised game of cricket into a vulgar display of money, immorality, all converting into a serious national security threat," he said.
   
His comments came against the backdrop of actor and Kolkata Knight Riders' owner Shahrukh Khan's tiff with ground staff at Wankhade stadium and the arrest of an Australian player for allegedly molesting an American woman at a five-star hotel here.
   
"The recent incident of vulgar, unruly, rowdy behavior of some of the players, owners and politicians make it necessary to impose this ban for a brief period," he said.

IPL should be closed: Lalu
   
On the other hand, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Friday demanded that the tournament should be closed down.
   
"IPL should be closed," he told reporters outside Parliament House when asked to react on the spat between Shahrukh Khan and Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) officials and other controversies surrounding the game.
   
On the Shahrukh Khan episode, he alleged that the policemen, who were present when the scuffle broke out between the Bollywood star and MCA officials, were working at the behest of certain political parties.
   
"All this was done in hatred," Yadav alleged.

(Agencies)