The Delhi Cabinet on Monday criticised the VK Shunglu committee’s report that alleged corruption and diversion of funds in the Commonwealth Games works awarded by Delhi government.
Chief minister Sheila Dikshit met PM Manmohan Singh in the evening and informed him that the Cabinet was preparing a reply to the allegations.
The report had indicted Dikshit and Delhi Lt-Governor Tejendra Khanna for irregularities in certain Games projects. In the hour-long meeting with the PM, Dikshit is believed to have explained the circumstances in which certain decisions were taken by the Delhi government to ensure timely completion of projects and expressed disappointment over making the probe panel’s report public. She expressed disappointment that her government’s views were not included in the report, said a Congress insider.
“I fail to understand what wrong did we commit? I did take personal interest in some projects as it was the need of the hour. We put in a lot of efforts to ensure that we hold the event successfully,” Dikshit told reporters in the Assembly.
Earlier in the day, the Delhi Assembly was adjourned sine die three days before the last day of the Budget session as Opposition MLAs kept disrupting the proceedings demanding Dikshit’s removal. Officially, the reason being given for the early adjournment is that after the passing of the Budget and tabling of two Bills, there was no official business pending before the House, hence the decision. A team of senior officials in Delhi government has been entrusted with the job of preparing a “tough reply” to the Shunglu report.
The report says Khanna and Dikshit were responsible for a loss of Rs 1500 crore to the exchequer for delays in completion of projects. The two reports — on CWG Village and City Infrastructure—were made public a few days ago giving fresh ammo to the BJP as it also alleges Rs 254.10 crore as undue gains to contractors in the 19 CWG projects the panel studied.
Session over, MLAs gear up for match
As the Budget Session of Delhi Assembly was adjourned sine die three days early, the House was abuzz with jokes that actually the MLAs wanted to end the session early to go to Chandigarh on Wednesday for the much hyped India-Pakistan World Cup match. When asked, CM Sheila Dikshit joked, “I would love to go watch the match, but I don’t have tickets.”