Alleging that the nation's wealth has been plundered in organising the Commonwealth Games, CPI general secretary A B Bardhan today said that those involved in the "looting" should be tried and punished.
"Those who have plundered the country's wealth and lowered the country's prestige by looting the Commonwealth Games funds must be tried and punished," Bardhan said at a CPI workers' meet at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here.
The Games, scheduled to start in a few days, is still mired in controversies over alleged over-expenditure, failed deadlines and bad infrastructure, he said.
"Apart from the stated Rs 70,000 crore expenditure, there have been other hidden expenses through different ministries, taking the total expenditure to a much higher amount," Bardhan said.
"At least 50 to 60 per cent of the expenditure bill have been looted, these should be probed and culprits brought to book," he said.
He said that the government has money for the Games, but not for the poor. "You have funds for the CWG which is being looted, but not for arranging food security for the poor," the veteran Left leader lamented.
Bardhan said that the issue would be taken up in the Parliament and would be pursued "very seriously".