NEW DELHI: The Congress on Thursday left Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman, Mr Suresh Kalmadi to fend for himself in the wake of demands for his resignation over alleged corruption in the Games’ preparations.
“We do not hold any brief… Kalmadi is not there (IOC) as a member of Congress Party… The actions of Kalmadi as president of an autonomous body are not connected with the party in any way,” party spokesperson, Ms Jayanthi Natarajan told reporters.
The remarks have come after party general secretary, Mr Digvijay Singh also joined the chorus saying Mr Kalmadi should resign if found guilty. The Congress spokesperson said, “If anybody is found guilty, he should be brought back to justice,” but refused to comment on Mr Singh’s remarks.
Ms Natarajan said the priority at this point of time is to hold the Games and at the same time if there is any irregularity and misconduct, it should be probed. “Our stand on Commonwealth Games is clear. We are completely endorsing and supporting the stand of the Sports Minister. We should first successfully conduct the Games. After that if there is anybody who is guilty, he should be booked,” she added. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday did not mince words over the issue and demanded Mr Kalmadi’s resignation over the allegations of financial bunglings in the run up to the mega-sporting event.
Meanwhile, according to a CNNIBN report, Mr Kalmadi is in fresh trouble and is now being accused of irregularities in the purchase of sporting equipment for National Games in Jharkhand to be held this year. Congress leader and National Games Organising Committee chairman, Mr R K Anand has accused Mr Kalmadi of favouring a particular private firm and directing National Games organisers to buy video screens at prices which are four times higher than their actual price, says the CNNIBN report.