Suresh Kalmadi, the sulking city Congress MP refused renomination by the party for the taint stuck to him in the CWG scam, on Thursday described former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan as a "lucky man" to have been made a candidate despite figuring in the row over the Adarsh Housing society scam.
After placating sitting MP Suresh Kalmadi who was sulking over denial of ticket, the Congress managers are confronted with a tough task of retaining the Pune Lok Sabha seat by overcoming the main challenge from a resurgent BJP in a quadrangular contest which is on cards.
Ending speculations about his possible candidature as an independent after being denied Congress ticket for Pune Lok Sabha seat, sitting MP Suresh Kalmadi, under cloud for his alleged involvement in the CWG scam, on Tuesday announced his "unconditional support" to official party candidate Vishwajeet Kadam.
After being denied ticket by the party to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, scam-tainted Congress leader Suresh Kalmadi is now mulling to fight as an Independent candidate this time, reports said on Friday.
The Congress move to nominate Vishwajeet Kadam as its Lok Sabha candidate from Pune is being seen as a desperate attempt to bury a tainted past, represented by suspended sitting MP Suresh Kalmadi, an accused in the CWG scam.
The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) recommended action against former chairman of Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi for suppression of facts in an alleged corruption case and directed CBI probe in LTC scams among others during 2013.
Lok Sabha MP Suresh Kalmadi expressed confidence that he would make a comeback with the 25th Pune Festival celebrations. He said that Union Minister Kapil Sibal would inaugurate the festival on September 13.
Under fire from Congress, Narendra Modi today mounted a counter offensive, targeting it over corruption and the ordinance on food security, saying the scam-tainted CWG games "destroyed national honour in the eyes of the world".
Former CWG Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi was on Thursday questioned by CBI for alleged irregularities in over Rs 70 crore contracts given to a Mauritius-based company for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The CBI is likely to question former IOC chief Suresh Kalmadi in connection with alleged irregularities in Rs 70-crore contract given to a firm Event Knowledge Systems (EKS) for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.