Arun Jaitley pulls Sonia, Manmohan Singh into CWG mess

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New Delhi, Aug 9: The leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and senior BJP leader, Arun Jaitley said that Maken's statements concealed more facts than it revealed. He also alleged that there was "a government conspiracy to blame Kalmadi for everything that went wrong with the Games. The minister"s misleading statement is only trying to save the culprit."

Jaitley also sought the ouster of all other government functionaries involved in the scam and stated how they too were equally responsible for the scam. He commented, "The Commonwealth Games scam is too big a scandal for the buck to stop at one person (Kalmadi)."

Maken's suo motu statement on the CWG had hit a wrong note with the NDA that launched an attack focused on him in its aftermath. Maken had also rejected the suggestion that Kalmadi's appointment as the OC chairman (OC) led to the OC moving out of government control unlike that envisaged earlier.

Jaitley also launched an attack on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, saying that both of them endorsed the appointment of Kalmadi for the top job. He added, "The international sporting event became a massive scandal. How much of the money was squandered away still remains a major national concern."

With the CWG still reigning supreme as an issue in both houses of Parliament, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ashwini Kumar has been quoted as saying, "Despite an agreement yesterday that the House will run and Question Hour will be taken up in the Lok Sabha after which there will be a calling attention and then discussion will begin on (Sports Minister) Ajay Maken's statement, unfortunately they disrupted the House and did not let question hour proceed."

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