Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has had enough of controversies surrounding the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Singh, at a ministerial meeting on Friday, pulled up Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy and Sports Minister MS Gill for delays in preparing for the Games.
Singh stopped Gill from making a presentation at the meeting and reportedly asked him to behave like a Sports Minister. He criticised Reddy for poor work at the Games stadiums, Games Village, cleanliness and the collapse of a foot over-bridge near the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the main venue of the Games.
Singh ordered all those involved in the Games preparations to ensure success, said Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Prithviraj Chavan.
A day after Singh took stock of the preparedness with union ministers and others involved, Chavan said there was a concern over pull-out threats and hoped that everything would go well.
"With only a few days left, the Prime Minister took personal initiative saying that no stone should be left unturned to see that we successfully conduct the Games," the minister said.
Chavan sought to downplay this, saying the Prime Minister had called all the departments of government and "OC does not fall in the category."
Asked about the controversies surrounding the Games, he said: "We are all concerned. It's a very prestigious undertaking for the country."