The Congress has thrown its full weight behind Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, dismissing the BJP’s demand for her resignation over the Comptroller and Auditor General’s adverse report on the Commonwealth Games.
The party said on Saturday that there was no question of asking Dikshit to step down on the basis of the CAG report, which “cannot be treated as a proof” against her.
The support followed a Congress core group meeting — the first in the absence of party president Sonia Gandhi, who is recuperating after a successful surgery abroad — chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and attended by other members.
Congress sources said the core group was firm that there would not be a repeat of the episode involving Ashok Chavan who was asked to step down as Maharashtra chief minister merely on the basis of allegations of his involvement in the Adarsh scam.
The group also concluded that there was no direct indictment of Dikshit in the report and, hence, the question of seeking her resignation does not arise.
But the BJP has stepped up the attack after the report was tabled in Parliament, indicting the PMO for appointing Suresh Kalmadi as chief of the CWG organising committee and the Delhi government for causing huge losses to the exchequer by overspending during the preparations for the event.
“After the CAG report, Sheila Dikshit has no moral right to continue as chief minister of Delhi. She should resign immediately.” BJP president Nitin Gadkari said in Guwahati.
Gadkari gave a clear indication that the main opposition party would raise the pitch in Parliament from Monday, saying the Congress had voiced similar demands after the Karnataka lokayukta indicted BS Yeddyurappa in his report on illegal mining. But the Congress rubbished the comparison.
Party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said, “We are yet to see the entire report. But of whatever we have seen, there is no such allegation that would attract major action. The report mentions that in some heads money was overspent and it could have been saved. But it cannot be compared with Yeddyurappa or someone else.”