Kalmadi Calls Aiyar's Remark against Games 'Anti-naional'


New Delhi, Jul 27: Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Tuesday hit back at former sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar for his scathing criticism of the upcoming event, saying the senior Congress leader's comments are "irresponsible" and "anti-national".

Aiyar today said he would be "unhappy" if the Commonwealth Games were a success and that only "evil" will patronise them.

Reacting to the statement, Kalmadi said, "No individual can spoil the Games. It is totally irresponsible and ridiculous statement from such a senior person, who has also headed the sports ministry earlier. No Indian national can speak like that.

"With the Commonwealth Games fast approaching, he should know his responsibilities and think before making such a statement. He is an elected member of Rajya Sabha and it is totally an anti-national statement from him.

"It was because of his openness that he was removed from the Sport Minister's post. If he would have been the minister, the Commonwealth Games would never have come to India," Kalmadi said.

Earlier in the day, Aiyar criticised the money being spent for the October mega-event and said he would be unhappy if the Games are a success.

"I am delighted in a way because rains are causing difficulties for the Commonwealth Games. Basically, I will be very unhappy, if the Games are successful because then they will start bringing Asian Games, Olympic Games and all these," he had told reporters outside Parliament House.


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  • mahesh hegde, mangalore

    Wed, Jul 28 2010

    Kalmadi is right in calling Ayaar a Anti national,because India is goin to host CWG and every indian should be proud of it. Why congress is keeping mum on this? or they dont have time to comment on it? we should take a cue from South africa who successfully managed the FIFA world cup soccer. By saying he wants the CWG games should fail..he is supporting the terrorist groups who too dont want India to successfuly host the CWG. I hope Aiyaar will b booked for his Anti India Gimmiks.

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