Mani Shankar Aiyar 'hell out of Delhi'
Congress leader and self styled critic of the Commonwealth Games, Mani Shankar Aiyar has kept his promise of being “hell out of the country” during the sporting event. Aiyar left the country today. HT reports.delhi Updated: Sep 27, 2010 21:24 IST
Congress leader and self styled critic of the Commonwealth Games, Mani Shankar Aiyar has kept his promise of being “hell out of the country” during the sporting event.
Aiyar (69), who had created a sensation by earlier saying that he welcomed the heavy rain in the capital, since it would disrupt the preparation for the games, left the country on Monday.
“I am getting the hell out of the country,” said the former union minister before leaving the city.
Aiyar, who provided fodder to the opposition and the critics of the game, by openly questioning why India was hosting the games, remained unrepentant about his remarks despite the major embarrassment for the government of his own party.
He is believed to have gone to London barely five days before the event begins.
Aiyar had said last month that he was in no mood to witness the games and that he will opt to stay out of Delhi.
“I am hell out of the country for these two weeks, since I do no want to witness the games,” Aiyar had said after attending former minister Shashi Tharoor's marriage in Kerala on August 22.
“The money being spent on the games could have been utilised for developing infrastructure in rural areas and for training sports persons in various disciplines to make India a strong sporting nation,” he had said.
Aiyar had also created a furore by saying he would be unhappy if the Commonwealth Games are a success and that only “evil” will patronise them.