“We are ready to consider any kind of inquiry after 15th October. Our government will continue to be there after 15th October. Let the focus at present be on the sportspersons when the games are not far off,” Sports Minister M S Gill told the House replying to a debate on the games.
“Nothing will be hidden or covered up,” he said in his hour-long reply which was repeatedly interrupted by Opposition members, who continued to pose queries on allegations of corruption and diversion of funds.
The refrain of Gill was that all was well with the preparations for the CWG and that the government has gone the extra mile to have the best facilities for the 12,000 sportspersons who would arrive soon.
Referring to the sacking of CWG Organising Committee Joint Director General T S Darbari and suspension of some other officials, Gill said his ministry was behind these strong actions.
Congress member Suresh Kalmadi, who is chairman of the CWG Organising Committee and is in the eye of the storm over corruption charges, was not present during the reply.
Dissatisfied with the reply of the Sports Minister, Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj led a noisy walk out of members of BJP and its allies, who chanted “we want JPC” while leaving the House.
Swaraj took offence to Gill’s remarks asking members to take recourse to the RTI route to obtain details of the expenditure for CWG projects.