The main Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded resignation of all ministers facing allegations of wrong-doing in Commonwealth Games (CWG) projects, saying their continuance in office would hamper probe.
The demand came after Prasar Bharti chief executive officer BS Lalli said that payments to SIS Live, a
UK based company which was given rights to cover the Commonwealth Games 2010, were done with the consent of information and broadcasting minister Ambika Soni.
"Since, information is now coming from people involved in the CWG preparations, the BJP demands that all those ministers named by one of their own people should better be resigning as only then there is a possibility of fair investigations," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
She said since charges against these four leaders were levelled by authorities or other leaders themselves, it was "not any longer tenable for these ministers to continue in their positions. The BJP is naming these four as they have all named each other and by insiders who were involved in decision making."
The Congress, however, rejected the demand.
BJP general secretary Vijay Goel announced all those who have any incriminating documents or information about bunglings in the CWG can send them to a dedicated email ID: email@example.com.
Goel also accused the UPA government of deliberately making a mess of the probe into the Commonwealth Games scams to help the culprits by putting five agencies on the job and demanded resignations first of Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and all ministers involved in the Games decisions.
Demand for joint team of CAG and CBI
The BJP has demanded the central government that a joint team of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) and CBI should enquire into the alleged bungling in Yamuna Sports Complex and Khel Gaon.
"Before the start of the Games, Lt Governor of Delhi had informed the Prime Minister that the quality of construction of Khel Gaon is of high level. But just after the conclusion of Games the vice chairman of the DDA found many irregularities in the Khel Gaon and forfeited the security money of R183 crore of Emmar MGF. The Urban development ministry should reply that whether the Lt. Governor was right or the action of the DDA was right?" said Vijendra Gupta, BJP Delhi Pradesh president.
The BJP has further raised queries over the bailout package of 700 crores which was offered to Emmar MGF.