The leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha's opening speech while initiating the short duration discussion on Mr Ajay Maken's statement regarding Commonwealth Games,2010 and the developments that have taken place thereafter:
Some of the highlights:
Whether it is the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi or it is the Central Government through its various agencies, none of them must escape responsibility. And, if heads are to roll in this, it must be the heads of these Governments because they are the ones who were really entrusted with the primary responsibility as far as the people of India are concerned.
It is a monumental deception which has been practised on this House and on the people of this country as to how the structure of the Games was created and how along with that structure the various agencies of the Delhi Government and various agencies of the Central Government decided to function.
Now, the entire effort to mislead is on the basis of the bid document itself, and, I will show that it is not an ordinary case; this is a case of a monumental fraud, which will attract penal action against people concerned, and, how a deception is practiced
Mr Kalmadi writes to the Prime Minister’s Office, to the Principal Secretary on 31st October, 2007. He responds by saying, and that is where he indicates that where his powers yield from, “The OC, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Suresh Kalmadi and with a fifteenmember Executive Board, was registered as a society under the Society Registration Act, 1860, on 10th February, after a series of discussions with the PMO, Chairperson of the UPA and the GoM.”
...The three Ministers, in a row, had been complaining as to what was the source of power that this man was wielding that the Prime Minister overruled the Cabinet Secretary, he overruled the Prime Minister’s Office, he overruled three successive ministers, and he overruled what the original bid wa
The real truth is, you saw a political ally in the gentleman and handed over the Games to him by turning and twisting all the contracts. And the second fact is, it is for the Government to decide what they want to do. We, as the Opposition, are very clear that political heads of the two Governments which were involved in this and because of which this monumental fraud has taken place, these huge cases of overspending of public money have taken place, don’t have a right to be in their offices even for a single day more.
The three Ministers, in a row, had been complaining as to what was the source of power that this man was wielding that the Prime Minister overruled the Cabinet Secretary, he overruled the Prime Minister’s Office, he overruled three successive ministers, and he overruled what the original bid was'