As the Opposition closed ranks in the Lok Sabha over alleged corruption in the Commonwealth Games related projects, the government said it was willing to ask the CBI to look into the charges.
Union Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy, who was prevented from responding to charges of corruption levelled in the Lok Sabha, accused the opposition of exaggerating the expenditure on the Games to Rs 50,000 crore and more. “Rs 11,500 crore is the actual expenditure,” Reddy said
BJP, Samajwadi Party and JD (United) leaders, who raised the issue during Zero Hour, argued that letting the minister respond would scuttle their demand for a full fledged discussion. The Left demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe the charges.
Government sources later said the discussion was likely in the Lok Sabha on Monday. “Government agencies may have committed some irregularities. Each of the allegations will be looked into. We can even ask the CBI to look into them,” Reddy said.
The issue rocked the Lok Sabha with the entire opposition attacking the government, accusing it of allowing “loot” of public money.
JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said the CWG was “a game of (erstwhile) colonial nations” and it was being organised in a “frivolous manner”. CPI MP Gurdas Dasgupta called it a “total chaos”.