Aiyar leaves Delhi, to be `hell out of country` during CWG

Last Updated: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 19:05

New Delhi: A vocal critic of the Commonwealth Games, senior Congress leader Manishankar Aiyar on Monday left the Capital, saying he will be "hell out of the country" during the mega sporting event.

"I am getting the hell out of the country," Aiyar said shortly before he left Delhi. He is believed to have gone to London with the event just round the corner. Aiyar had said last month that he was in no mood to witness the games and that he will opt to stay out of Delhi.

"I am hell out of the country for these two weeks, since I do no want to witness the games," Aiyar had said after attending ex-Union minister Shashi Tharoor`s marriage in
Kerala on August 22. The Games is due to start on October three.

59-year-old Aiyar, who has often gone ballistic for holding the Games in India, has stuck to his stand that it was premature for India to conduct such big sproting events. "The money being spent on the games could have been utilised for developing infrastructure in rural areas and for training sports persons in various disciplines to make India a strong sporting nation," he had said.

Aiyar had also created a furore by saying he would be unhappy if the Commonwealth Games are a success and that only "evil" will patronise them.

PTI

First Published: Monday, September 27, 2010 - 19:05

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