With Games over, BJP ups ante over corruption charges

Last Updated: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 14:58

New Delhi: With the 2010 Commonwealth Games
coming to an end, the BJP Friday said it will "pursue" the alleged delay and corruption in Games preparations vigorously
as reflected by the "mood of the people".

"The jury of the people is out. They cheered each player
and artist but they jeered and booed Kalmadi and company. This
shows the mood of the nation. So we will pursue issues of
corruption and mismanagement in delays in preparations," BJP
spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

The principal Opposition had raised the issue of "delay
and corruption" in Games preparations in a big way both inside
and outside Parliament. However, when the Games began, the
party brought down the tempo of its criticisms with senior BJP
leader L K Advani saying "as an Indian" he wanted the event to
be a success. He even praised the grand opening ceremony.
BJP and its NDA allies had decided to wait for the Games
to get over and then demand inquiries into alleged
wrong-doings and corruption to avoid bad press in the
international media and not to endanger the country`s
prestige, party sources said.

The party intends to highlight the issue after Dussehra,
the sources said.
Other than the Organising Committee headed by Suresh
Kalmadi, the Sheila Dikshit government in Delhi, the Union
Urban Development Ministry and various government
organisations were involved in the Games` projects.


First Published: Friday, October 15, 2010 - 14:58

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