Jamshedpur: BJP president Nitin Gadkari
on Thursday claimed that former Indian Olympics Association (IOA)
president Suresh Kalmadi was not the lone accused in the CWG
scam and several other government departments were equally
responsible for it.
Addressing a public meeting in support of party
candidate-cum-state unit president Dineshanand Goswami for the
upcoming Jamshedpur parliamentary by-election, Gadkari said
Kalmadi had only Rs 1,600 crore budget and he received the
first advance following the approval of departments like
finance committee and cabinet sub-committee.
"Kalmadi could not have withdrawn the money without
the approval of these departments," he claimed and dared the
Congress to file a defamation against him if he was wrong.
"Hence, we cannot accuse Kalmadi alone in the Rs
76,000 crore CWG scam but all the concerned departments
including the Prime Minister are equally responsible," Gadkari
said accusing Congress of corruption and making wrong policies
leading to price rise.
He said the 2G spectrum scam involving Rs 1.76 lakh
thousand crore could have been saved had the prime minister
referred former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran`s letter to
"If we had a strong prime minister, the 2G scam could
not have taken place," Gadkari said while criticising the
prime minister for relying on the response of the then finance
minister P Chidambaram.
Gadkari expressed confidence that Chidambaram would be
implicated in the scam as the matter was being investigated.