Priority on holding Games; probe into corruption later: Cong
Congress today endorsed Sports Minister M S Gill`s remarks that setting up of any new committee to hold Commonwealth Games is no solution and said the priority is to organise the event first.
New Delhi: Congress today endorsed Sports
Minister M S Gill`s remarks that setting up of any new
committee to hold Commonwealth Games is no solution and said
the priority is to organise the event first and then probe the
allegations of corruption and irregularities.
"The party endorses what the Sports Minister has said. He
has said that no problem will be solved by constituting a new
committee," party spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan said at the
AICC media briefing.
"The priority is that the Games should be organised first
and then probe all the issues of corruption that have come to
the fore," she said.
Earlier in the day, Gill assured the Rajya Sabha that the
government will look into the charges of corruption in the
Commonwealth Games projects in the national capital but ruled
out setting up of an apex committee to oversee the Games.
The demand for setting up an apex body to monitor the
Games was raised by Rajya Sabha member Mani Shankar Aiyar on
the lines of the one set up in the country for the 1982 Asian
Gill said now that only 55 days are left for the Games,
there was no alternative but to focus on hosting them
successfully. "Have faith in India, India will get there
...God is with us," Gill said adding all 13 major stadia,
including Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, are ready.
The CVC has found serious discrepancies like award of
works at higher rates to bidders, poor quality of construction
and grant of work to ineligible agencies in different Games-
related construction works. Political parties such as BJP and
CPI(M) have demanded action against the guilty.