Kolkata: Alleging that the nation`s
wealth has been plundered in organising the Commonwealth
Games, CPI general secretary A B Bardhan today said that those
involved in the "looting" should be tried and punished.
"Those who have plundered the country`s wealth and
lowered the country`s prestige by looting the Commonwealth
Games funds must be tried and punished," Bardhan said at a CPI
workers` meet at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here.
The Games, scheduled to start in a few days, is still
mired in controversies over alleged over-expenditure, failed
deadlines and bad infrastructure, he said.
"Apart from the stated Rs 70,000 crore expenditure,
there have been other hidden expenses through different
ministries, taking the total expenditure to a much higher
amount," Bardhan said.
"At least 50 to 60 per cent of the expenditure bill
have been looted, these should be probed and culprits brought
to book," he said.
He said that the government has money for the Games,
but not for the poor. "You have funds for the CWG which is
being looted, but not for arranging food security for the
poor," the veteran Left leader lamented.
Bardhan said that the issue would be taken up in the
Parliament and would be pursued "very seriously".