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Updated: August 9, 2011 17:33 IST

Congress defending Dikshit to save PM: BJP

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BJP president Nitin Gadkari. File photo
PTI BJP president Nitin Gadkari. File photo

Attacking the Congress on the CWG issue, the BJP on Tuesday alleged that the ruling party was “hesitant” in asking Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit to step down as the Prime Minister would be next in line.

“The Prime Minister should answer why (Suresh) Kalmadi was appointed chief of the Organising Committee despite objections raised by Sports Ministers,” BJP president Nitin Gadkari said addressing a rally here.

Demanding resignation of Delhi Chief Minister in the wake of the CAG citing irregularities in certain Commonwealth Games projects, he said, “Congress is hesitant in asking Ms. Dikshit to step down as after her it will be the turn of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.”

Mr. Gadkari said, “I want to ask Sonia Gandhi why action is not being taken against Sheila Dikshit despite her stating publicly that all those involved in corruption will be punished.”

The BJP has targeted the Prime Minister after Sports Minister Ajay Maken, in a suo motu statement on the CWG, had put the blame on the BJP-led opposition for appointment of Kalmadi as Organising Committee chief.

With CAG report stating that Kalmadi was appointed CWG Organising Committee chief based on a PMO recommendation, Maken had said on Friday that he was elected to the post by the IOA as per the Host City Contract approved by the NDA regime and “there was no scope for any change”.

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