Don't indulge in blame game over Games: Dikshit to Opposition

  • PTI, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Aug 23, 2010 22:07 IST

Dismayed over the negative publicity surrounding the Commonwealth Games, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday asked the Opposition BJP not to indulge in any blame game over the preparations and said the event will be great success in the city.

Dikshit said almost all the Games venues are ready and they will be handed over to the Organising Committee within next two-three days.

"Don't do this, otherwise Commonwealth Games will appear to collapse. I am requesting you with folded hands not to do this," Dikshit said in the Assembly.

Her comment came after Leader of Opposition V K Malhotra criticised the city Government for "tardy" preparations for the event and raised the issue of roads caving in and widespread water logging across the city.

Later, talking to reporters, Dikshit sounded confident of making the event a great success and said all the venues of the event will be handed over to the OC within the next couple of days.

"They (the venues) are all ready to be handed over. There may be some glitches and there may be some NoCs awaited. The venues will be handed over to the OC in next two-three days," she said, adding "no body needs to worry at all about the venues."

Asked about whether the key projects like Barapullah Nallah elevated road will be completed within the final deadline of August 31, she only said "it will be a successful one. Every thing will be alright."

About security aspect of the Games, Dikshit said the issue has been "carefully looked after" by Lt Governor Tejindra Khanna and the Union Home Ministry.

Earlier raising the "massive water-logging" and "dengue menace", Malhotra came down hard on the city government for its "tardy preparation" for the event.

"Several areas in the city are facing flood-like situation because of incessant rains. Rising cases of dengue ahead of the Games is a disturbing matter. But still government is not concerned. It is not taking the dengue menace seriously," he said.

Following this, several Congress MLAs rose to defend the government and blamed the BJP-ruled MCD for "failing to complete" construction work and not being able to control dengue.

Dikshit, who intervened after the uproarious scenes over the issue, requested not to resort to any blame game and asked them to join hands to make the sporting event a success.

About dengue, she said 25-35 per cent of the cases has come from outside Delhi and the total dengue cases were not very worrying compared to the city's total population. "We will look after each and every patient. We are launching awareness programme. Situation is under control."


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