Former Congress President Mr Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said hate has been so normalised in the country in the last few years that “even our beloved sport cricket has been marred by it”.

“In the last few years, hate has been normalised so much that even our beloved sport cricket has been marred by it,” Mr Gandhi tweeted. “India belongs to all of us. Do not let them dismantle our unity.”

The Congress Leader’s comment was seen as a veiled reference to the controversy that emerged after former India cricketer Wasim Jaffer, who recently quit as Uttarakhand coach owing to a dispute with the state association. On 10th February, Jaffer rejected allegations that he tried to force religion-based selections in the team.

The FourtyTwo -year-old, who played Thirtyone Tests for India and is a celebrated name in domestic cricket, said the allegation that he favoured Muslim players, which was allegedly levelled by Cricket Association of Uttarakhand(UK) secretary Mahim Verma in a media report, had caused him immense pain.

On 9th February, Wasim Jaffer resigned citing “interference & bias of selectors & the association’s secretary for non-deserving players” as the reason. “…the communal angle that has been brought up, that is very, very sad,” he had said. The leading run-getter in Ranji Trophy also dismissed allegations that he brought Muslim religious scholars to the team’s training.

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