The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday demanded the Prime Minister to constitute a committee of officials to investigate the charges of corruption in the preparations for the Commonwealth Games.
BJP vice president Venkaiah Naidu said the PM should review the whole issue and should ask a senior official such as the cabinet secretary whose integrity is beyond doubt to investigate the issue.
The BJP released a “white paper” on alleged reports of corruption and delay in several projects related to the Commonwealth Games. The white paper, said Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta, was a compilation of media reports and observations made by a team of BJP leaders and workers who visited several Games-related projects in the past 15 days.
Criticising the government over the allegations of irregularities in Commonwealth Games, Naidu said some people in the ruling Congress government at the Centre as well as in Delhi were converting the “common wealth” into “individual wealth”.
“The idea is to create common wealth, infrastructure and conduct the Games better to enhance the country’s prestige. But unfortunately, some people of the ruling side seems to be converting common wealth to individual wealth causing huge damage and harm to the cause of sports,” Naidu said.
Emphasising that the BJP was one of the "strong supporters" and want smooth and successful organisation of the Games, Naidu said his party's only aim was to highlight the ground situation to the public and to the government.
“But the government does not seem to be serious about it,” Naidu said.
The BJP also took expressed shock on the money the organising committee was spending to procure certain equipment.
“It is shocking to hear that a treadmill is hired for Rs Seven lakh for a period of 45 days. If this is not looting or cheating, then what is it?” Naidu said.
On issue of delay, Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta said the agencies had yet to provide broadcast facilities at several of the Games venues.
“The last date to complete the project was July 15. But till date, not even 50 per cent work has been completed. It has not even started at certain venues,” Gupta said.