Let CWG probe begin, says Cong

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 16 2010, 07:48am hrs
A day after the Commonwealth Games 2010 closed on a high note, the CWG Organising Committee headed by Suresh Kalmadi received a snub from the ruling dispensation as the OC was not invited to Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs interaction with the medal-winners. It came barely hours after the ruling Congress had sought to distance itself from the OC, choosing to skip any mention of its contribution while lauding medal-winners and the 100 crore people of India for making the CWG a success.

ADG, communication, OC, Priya Singh Paul said the OC did not get an invitation for the PMs interaction with medal-winners. Sports minister MS Gill was, however, present on the occasion. The snub to the OC came on a day when the comptroller and auditor general (CAG) of India resumed the assessment of various CWG-related projects sending inspection officials to the Central Public Works Department inside the SP Mukherjee Stadium.

The Congress on Friday expressed satisfaction at the successful conduct of the Games, avoided any mention of the OC, and said the party would now like the comptroller and auditor general, the Central Vigilance Commission and other bodies entrusted with the responsibility of auditing the spending of public money to start investigations into allegations of corruption in CWG-related works.

We would expect that the government bodies charged with the responsibility to audit that the public money was spent properly will deliver on their mandate and discharge their function to the nations satisfaction, said Congress spokesman Manish Tewari today. Asked who the party would like to credit for the successful conduct of the Games, he said it goes to the 100 crore people of India who prayed for it. If at all there is an alleged misappropriation and wrongful spending of government funds, that obviously needs to be probed and people found responsible should be brought to book, said Tewari.