New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday demanded that Sports Minister M.S. Gill, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and CWG Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi be divested of their responsibilities related to the Commonwealth Games for alleged corruption and mismanagement.
“Honest and transparent persons should be appointed in their (Gill, Dikshit, Kalmadi) places. We also demand that the government should appoint a time-bound judicial commission for inquiry into the bunglings related to the Games,” senior BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu said.
“The BJP is not opposed to the Games. Only Congressman Mani Shankar Aiyar is opposing it,” Naidu added.
The CWG organising committee is alleged to have paid AM Films, an Indian-owned firm in London, over 450,000 pounds for services during the Queen’s Baton Relay inaugural without proper tendering and paper work.
The Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CGOC) Tuesday formed a three-member panel to probe the foreign ministry’s allegations that a letter from the Indian High Commission in London, which CGOC claimed recommended AM Films for the Queen’s Baton Relay inaugural in October last year, was tampered with.
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has also pointed to huge time and cost overruns in the Games projects.