New Delhi: Coming down heavily on critics of the upcoming Commonwealth Games, Congress MP Rajiv Shukla
today said the multi-discipline event belonged to India and
not to any individual.
A lot of people, including former Sports Minister Mani
Shankar Aiyar, are staunch critics of the Games who believe
that the country did not need the event and all the spending
on it was sheer waste of money.
The bickering reached a crescendo when Aiyar said he would
be unhappy if the Games will be conducted successfully and
reacting to it Organising Committee Chairman Kalmadi termed
the fellow Congress leader as anti-national.
Shukla said it`s time that everyone forgets the
difference and work towards a brilliant organisation of the
Games, scheduled for October 3-14 here.
"These are India`s Games not of Mani Shakar`s or
Kalmadi`s. This is not the time for criticism or counter
criticism. Only 60 days are left and now we all should work
towards a successful conduct of the Games," Shukla told
reporters outside the Parliament.
"The issues can be discussed after the Games," he added.
The build up to the Games has already been marred by
delay in the completion of the venues and reports of alleged
corruption in the creation of infrastructure.