Sonia meets CWG champions; Kalmadi kept out

Sonia Gandhi on Saturday met the Indian medal winners at the Commonwealth Games.

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2010, 15:55 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia
Gandhi Saturday met the Indian medal winners in the Commonwealth
Games but controversial Organising Committee Chairman Suresh
Kalmadi was not invited.

Gandhi, as also Rahul, met the medal winners who brought
glory to the country in the just concluded Games.

Sports Minister M S Gill was present on the ocassion as
also Bhubaneswar Kalita, who was Chef de Mission of the Indian
contingent.

Asked whether Kalmadi was invited for the meeting,
Congress sources merely said the protocol laid down by the
Prime Minister was followed by the Congress President while
meeting the award winners.

The Prime Minister had invited Indian medal winners for
an interaction yesterday but Kalmadi was not invited.

The Congress has made it clear that irregularities in
the conduct of the Games would not be glossed over and those
found guilty would be brought to book.

Kalmadi is also the Secretary of the Congress
Parliamentary Party and member of the Lok Sabha from Pune.

India has won a record 101 medals, including 38 gold,
to finish second in the Commonwealth Games, which ended here
on Thursday.

Interestingly, Kalmadi had, in his speech at the closing ceremony, heaped praise on all those who mattered in the government, including the PM and Sonia Gandhi.

The Prime Minister, yesterday, appointed a high-level committee to probe the charges of corruption and other irregularities that marred the extravaganza.

The panel is headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) VK Shunglu and has been asked to submit its report to the Prime Minister within three months.

Kalmadi on his part has repeatedly said that he is ready to face “any probe” in to the dealings of the Organising Committee post the games.