Venkaiah Naidu demands JPC of CWG projects

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Hyderabad, Aug 7 (ANI): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday termed the alleged large-scale corruption in 2010 Commonwealth Games projects as a 'national shame', and demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe seeking the intervention of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh into the matter.

"It's a national shame that Commonwealth Games have been attracting such negative publicity...with media highlighting failures, corruption and favouritism in execution of CWG projects," said Naidu.

"The Prime Minister should intervene into the matter and agree for a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe or a judicial enquiry into it," he added.

Naidu further charging the Central Government of misusing public money in the name of Commonwealth Games, said the Government cannot be a silent spectator when large scale irregularities in projects related to the Games were being exposed.

"There is a total chaos in the execution of the Games projects. 50 per cent work is yet to be completed and the mega event is less than two months away .It is open cheating, but the Government seems to be unfazed. It can not escape from its responsibility," he added.

With just over 55 days to go before the opening ceremony, the final preparations for the 2010 Games have been tarnished by construction problems and claims of financial impropriety.

The Central Vigilance Commission has found financial irregularities in several Commonwealth Games related works being carried out by civic and construction agencies.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi is being touted as the biggest international sporting event to be hosted by India since the 1982 Delhi Asian Games. (ANI)

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