CWG situation sad, want Games` success as an Indian: Advani

NDA working chairman and senior BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday criticised the shortcomings in the Commonwealth Games preparations in the last few months but said as an Indian he wished that the event would be a success.

Last Updated: Sep 26, 2010, 21:16 PM IST

New Delhi: NDA working chairman and senior
BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday criticised the shortcomings in the
Commonwealth Games preparations in the last few months but
said as an Indian he wished that the event would be a success.

"Even in the last session of Parliament I tried not to
criticise the Commonwealth Games though some of my party
colleagues spoke on it. As an Indian I would want that these
Games are successful," Advani said.

"Although sadly today the situation is such that there
are doubts about whether the Games will be held. If they are
held then that itself will be considered a big achievement,"
he added.

Advani was speaking at a programme organised by the
International Lions Club. Earlier, he had inaugurated a
cartoon exhibition, named "Wealth Cartoons" by famous
cartoonist Irfan. The senior BJP leader also referred to the
pun in the name of the exhibition.

Advani said "6-8 months" before any event of such
magnitude reports in the media mostly refer to the positive
points like the work completed and the how it would be an
advantage to the sportspersons of the host country.

"But here the only positive reports that one hears of are
that some of the countries are finally coming (to
participate). This is a very sad thing," Advani said.

BJP and NDA leaders had strongly criticised Organising
Committee head and Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi, Sports Minister
M S Gill and the Delhi Government for the shortcomings and
corruption in the CWG 2010 projects.

The principal opposition even staged a walkout in the
Lok Sabha when Gill said during his presentation on the CWG
debate that any information needed can be sought through an
RTI application.

The recent collapse of a foot overbridge at Jawaharlal
Nehru stadium and other negative reports about lack of
cleanliness have also drawn criticism from the opposition.

PTI