Look at Corruption in your Own Depts: Kalmadi Tells Shiela

New Delhi, Oct 17 (PTI): Embattled Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Sunday hit back at the Delhi chief minister Shiela Dikshit, saying her aspersions on corruption in the OC were "most disappointing and uncalled for" and that she must indulge in self-reflection on corruption in her own departments.

In a hard-hitting statement a day after Dikshit pointed fingers on the OC for alleged corruption, Kalmadi said that keeping quiet should not be interpreted as a sign of weakness and the OC would not want to be the "scapegoats" any more.

"Delhi chief minister Mrs Shiela Dikshit's aspersions on corruption in the Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi are most disappointing and uncalled for. It is not right to deflect and point fingers at others when she must indulge in self-reflection on corruption in her own departments," Kalmadi said.

"She has said that the ways of the OC are mysterious whereas the Commonwealth Games chief Mr Michael Fennell declared the conduct of the Games as exceptional and successful," said Kalmadi, who finds himself increasingly isolated within his own Congress party after being snubbed by Prime Minister and party president Sonia Gandhi. Both did not invite Kalmadi while felicitating the Commonwealth Games medal winners.

Kalmadi said that the OC has already welcomed the Prime Minister's decision to set up a probe panel and hoped that the Terms of Reference of the Shunglu Committee will include not just the scope of work undertaken by the OC at a budget of Rs 1620 crore but also the Rs 16,000 spent by the Delhi government.

"Despite a series of attacks in the run up to the Games, I was quiet as I wanted the Games to succeed. Keeping quiet should not be interpreted as a sign of weakness. Nor should patience be seen as a sign of guilt. It was more important to focus on the task of conducting the Games well," Kalmadi said.


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  • ASHOK, Udupi/Dubai

    Mon, Oct 18 2010

    Mr. Kalmadi nothing to worry. Insult by Sonia & Dikhshit on Medal Presentaion was really hurt millions. She is taking the credit by cornering you.

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  • Tony Pinto, Manglore - Dubai

    Sun, Oct 17 2010

    Congress is still finding ways to earn money. The inquiry goes to Congress Investigation Bureau another way to make money for few others.Even Kalmadi will say some money transfered to Karnataka beneficiary is GOVERNOR. Congress as usual corrupt party of INDIA

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  • Keshava, Puttur

    Sun, Oct 17 2010

    The real CWG begins now. And the greatest fight is between Sheila vs Kalmadi :)

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  • Antony Herbert Crasta, Mangalore/Sydney,Australia

    Sun, Oct 17 2010

    I fully agree with the comments above of Stany D`Sa. It is totally wrong to blame Suresh Kalmadi only. After all I believe he has tried his best. The Delhi Government and administration should also equally share the blame if something has gone wrong especially when it comes to corruption, etc. Indeed, the rains caused havoc which disrupted and delayed preparation of the games venues. One can though take full satisfaction that in spite of some of the hiccups here and there which were of minor nature, the CWG games and the entire show including the opening and closing ceremonies, the security in place etc. were of high standard and everybody was happy with the final outcome. I feel that it was not fair on the part of the PM and Sonia Gandhi to neglect Suresh Kalmadi in the medal presentations.

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  • Stany D'sa, Balehonnur/Dubai

    Sun, Oct 17 2010

    Mr. Kalmadi Has done his job as best as possible. But the unforseen and vicious acts of other departments is highly difficult to detect at a very short given time. In between heavy rain fall caused havoc and dirupted in making various game venues. Therefore the work pressure was enormous on Mr. Kalmadi. Since the CWG has been a great success, the due respect should have been given to Mr. Kalmadi. Somebody on the top take the entire credit for CWG is very absurd. Mr. Kalmadi never ever give up and wish you every success.

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  • Sudhir, Kundapur/USA

    Sun, Oct 17 2010

    Finally. Good Kalmadi spoke up. Every media is piling on Kalmadi for his corruption but in the whole the bigger fish got through the net.

    Less than 10% of the entire CWG budget was alloted to OC of CWG under Kalmadi. Rest was handled by Sheila Dikshit on Delhi infrastucture. Why no mention of corruption of Congress in our Sickular media. Hope Kalmadi brings out the names

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