Nothing to hide in CWG: Delhi government (Lead)

August 8th, 2011 - 11:13 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) Fending off allegations of irregularities in the Commonwealth Games, the Delhi government Monday said it had nothing to hide and it would give its replies over the Comptroller and Auditor (CWG) report to the Public Accounts Committee of parliament.

The embattled Delhi government fielded Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely who said that decisions taken during the preparations of CWG were of the Delhi cabinet and not of any political leader.

“All the decision are of Delhi cabinet and not of any political leader,” said Lovely who is said to be close to the Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Fielding a volley of questions from journalists over alleged irregularities in the preparation of CWG, Lovely said that the CAG is not the “final word. The report is for the scrutiny of the Public Accounts committee”.

“We have nothing to hide and all the departments will give their reply to Public Accounts Committee whenever it asks for it,” he added.

Attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is demanding the resignation of Dikshit over the Comptroller CAG report, Lovely accused the opposition of trying to politicise the report.

“I request that BJP leaders not to bake the political cake on the CAG. They are unnecessarily politicising the issue.

“CAG is the audit body and the demand for the resignation of Delhi chief minister is irrational on the basis of CAG report, which is not the final word,” said Lovely.

“The CAG report has nowhere used the words like scam or corruption. It is an audit body and a government cannot resign just on the basis of audit done by the CAG,” he said.

He maintained the CAG report has not indicted Dikshit, rather it has praised the city government for improving infrastructure in the national capital.

“The CAG report nowhere mentions the name of chief minister or any other minister but has acknowledged the improvement of infrastructure in the city,” Lovely said.

Dikshit Monday responded to opposition demand for her resignation with a terse, “Let them do what they want to”.

Both houses of parliament were adjourned Monday over the CAG report, that indicted the Delhi government, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) chief Suresh Kalmadi for irregularities in the Games.

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