NEW DELHI: The government seems to be under pressure to take action against the alleged financial irregularities in the Commonwealth Games, with reports claiming that cabinet secretary, Mr K M Chandrashekar will now oversee the preparations for the Delhi Games, to be held from October 3-14.
According to sources, Mr Suresh Kalmadi will continue to lead the Organising Committee (OC) as the Centre was reluctant to take action against him until the charges against him are proved.
Meanwhile, concerned over controversies surrounding the Commonwealth Games, Congress top brass including the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh and party chief, Ms Sonia Gandhi is understood to have discussed a mechanism to supervise the event in the wake of corruption charges.
With the OC chairman Mr Kalmadi in the eye of a storm following allegations, the meeting is believed to have discussed various options including setting up of an oversight panel to steer the games without any further row. Sources said that a decision would be taken by the government after discussions with the Sports Minister, Mr M S Gill because of constraints like very short time left for the games beginning October 3.
During the discussion in Parliament on the Games this week, there were suggestions that the government should appoint a high-level committee on the lines of the 1982 Asian Games which was headed by the late Rajiv Gandhi with the then sports minister Buta Singh under him with other officials in it. But the Sports Minister had turned down the idea.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday gave notice that it would demand suspension of Question Hour in both Houses of Parliament on Monday and press for a statement from the Prime Minister on the issue. “The issue of irregularities in Commonwealth Games has come up in Parliament several times, yet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi are silent. They are neither ready to speak on the issue nor take any action against those responsible,” deputy leader of BJP in Lok Sabha, Mr Gopinath Munde said.