Kalmadi’s fate hangs in balance as Cong throws ball in Govt court

Cong Core Committee took up Kalmadi issue but decided to leave a decision to the Centre. Its also been decided that Cabinet Secy will oversee Games.

New Delhi: With allegations of corruption mounting against Commonwealth Games Organising committee chief Suresh Kalmadi, the Congress Core Committee on Friday took up the issue but decided to leave a decision on Kalmadi`s fate to the central government.

The core committee which met at the Prime Minister`s residence, discussed issues related to the Commonwealth Games, including allegations of corruption against Kalmadi and the nuclear liability bill besides other issues pertaining to the ongoing monsoon session of parliament.

Sources in the party said that though Kalmadi`s alleged involvement in corruption relating to the Commonwealth Games was taken up, no decision could be reached on the matter.

After the issue witnessed much uproar in Parliament on Friday, a decision on the future of Kalmadi, who is Congress MP in Lok Sabha from Pune, was expected to be taken by the core committee.

Setting up an oversight committee on the Games was also discussed, but a final decision has been left on the government in consultation with Sports Minister MS Gill.

"The issues were discussed but no decision has been taken. It was decided that the decision will be taken up by the government in consultation with the sports minister," a party member said after the meeting.

It has been decided that Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekhar will be asked to co-ordinate the CWG preparations.
"The cabinet secretary may be asked to oversee the Commonwealth Games arrangements so that they are conducted efficiently," an office bearer of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) told IANS Friday.

"The cabinet secretary is already actively involved. He has been monitoring the preparations and updating the prime minister about the progress in the construction works and other arrangements for the Games," he added.

Opposition parties have been mounting pressure on the government to take action against Kalmadi for his alleged involvement in corruption in the organizing committee.

Sources, however, say that a decision may not be taken unless the allegations against Kalmadi are proved, or till the Games are over.

While the Left parties have demanded Kalmadi`s removal, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has sought action against him. Some quarters of the Congress party too have been demanding his removal.

Senior party leader Digvijay Singh Tuesday remarked that if a prima facie case is filed against Kalmadi by the CBI, he should resign.

Sources in the party say similar demands have come up from some other members as well.

The core committee also discussed the Nuclear Liability Bill which is set to be tabled in the present session of parliament. The government is making all efforts to work out a consensus on the bill which is critical for implementing the Indo-US nuclear deal.