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In a Facebook Post, Gupta has requested Manohar to move all the matches that are scheduled to be held in the state of Maharashtra outside the state, because of the severe drought which has effected the lives of farmers in Maharashtra. His rationale is that tens of thousands of litres of water are used to water the grass and the wickets at the stadiums. After some elementary calculations, Gupta says that "in the 19 Matches to be played in Maharashtra about around more than 70 lakh litres of water will be used to maintain the cricket grounds (sic)."
The BJP leader added that the state currently faces one of the worst droughts in the last one century. "Rainfall in the last two years in Marathwada and Vidharbha regions were the lowest. Successive low rainfall has resulted in depleting ground water levels, which has impacted 90 lakh farmers in the state," he said.
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Gupta said the BCCI president cannot turn a blind eye to the grim drought situation in the state and the suffering of the farmers. "When our state is affected by drought, will it be wise to waste 70 lakh litres of water? Even Mumbai faces acute water shortage. This is the time to show sympathy to our 'annadatta' (farmer). I hope you will support and sympathise with our farmers and shift the venue of IPL matches to other states," he said.