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War of words in Lok Sabha over CAG report on CWG

Posted by on August 9, 2011 0 Comment

The CAG report on the Commonwealth Games mess led to a slugfest in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday with the Opposition alleging involvement of the PMO, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and the Congress casting doubts on the role and authority of the government auditor.

“Who is Suresh Kalmadi? Who brought him to the Lok Sabha? And now after Kalmadi has landed in Tihar Jail, he is being projected as a BJP man,” BJP member Yashwant Sinha said, ridiculing the Congress’ attempts to paint the Congress member from Pune as the ‘villan’ of the CWG mess.

A special discussion on the issue saw CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia also pinpointing the blame on the PMO and Ms. Dikshit, maintaining that they cannot go scot free.

Disputing the government’s claim that the appointment of Mr. Kalmadi as Chairman of the CWG Organising Committee was made during the NDA rule, Mr. Acharia wondered whether there was no way out for the UPA government to change the decision.

“If there was no way out except to make Kalmadi the Chairman of the Organising Committee (OC), then how come the Prime Minister also opined that Kalmadi be made the Chairman of the OC,” he posed.

The appointment of Mr. Kalmadi was made with the full knowledge of the Prime Minister, Mr. Acharia said questioning that if it was not binding on the government, why Mr. Kalmadi was made the Chairman.

The occasion was utilised by Manish Tewari (Cong) who opened the debate on behalf of the Congress to target the CAG questioning its right to go into the policy decisions of the government, including key appointments. Hindu

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