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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi also happens to be the GCA president. Modi's party BJP too has taken a similar stand towards Pakistan players.
In New Delhi, Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra is believed to have consulted Union Home Ministry officials before meeting the owners of the five franchises over their Pakistani players.
Batra said the decision to allow the teams to send back the Pakistanis was taken considering the "extraordinary circumstances" and having kept "all stakeholders (including the Pakistan federation and the International Hockey Federation) in the loop".
Batra said that the franchisees, who had to release the Pakistani players, were free to seek their replacements from the allocated budget. "The contract money for 2013 will be paid in full to the Pakistani players and HI stands committed in guaranteeing the same," Batra said in a statement.
However, a team owner said they hadn't receive any official communication from Hockey India and would release their Pakistani players only after getting a formal intimation. "As of now, we haven't been given anything officially. We are expecting a letter tomorrow. So our players will be sent back once we receive it," said the team official.