Divest responsibilities of Gill, Dikshit, Kalmadi from CWG: BJP

With allegations of corruption and mismanagement in the preparations for CWG, BJP demanded that Sports Minister M S Gill, Sheila Dikshit and Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi be divested of their responsibilities.

Last Updated: Aug 03, 2010, 20:52 PM IST

New Delhi: With allegations of corruption and
mismanagement in the preparations for Commonwealth Games, BJP
today demanded that Sports Minister M S Gill, Delhi Chief
Minister Sheila Dikshit and Organising Committee chief Suresh
Kalmadi be divested of their responsibilities.

It also demanded a judicial commission be set up to probe
into the alleged bunglings related to the international
sporting event.

"Honest and transparent persons should be appointed in
their (Gill, Dikshit, Kalmadi) places. We also demand that the
government should appoint a time-bound judicial commission for
inquiry into the bunglings related to the Games," senior BJP
leader M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters here.

The CVC, CAG, CBI, Indian High Commission in London
and other government agencies have already started exposing
corruption in the Games, he claimed.

Naidu, however, said his party was not against the Games
and added, "Nobody is opposing the Games. Only one Congressman
Mani Shankar Aiyar is opposing it. He has said that he would
be unhappy if the Games is success. I pray to God his wish
should not be successful."

Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta claimed that Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi were
"deliberately avoiding" their attendance at the inauguration
of any stadium or sports complex.

"Everybody knows that public money is being looted in the
name of Games," he alleged.

Preparations for the CWG, scheduled in October, have been
mired in various controversies including incomplete or poorly
made infrastructure for various events, corruption in tenders,
purchases and also in the holding of the Queens baton rally in
the UK.

-PTI