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“It's just the tip of the iceberg”

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Nitin Gadkari
Nitin Gadkari

The arrest of Suresh Kalmadi is just the tip of the iceberg and not a single paisa was spent without the approval of a whole host of committees and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), according to Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari.

Talking to reporters here, Mr. Gadkari said he had papers, obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, showing that the expenses were sanctioned by the Group of Ministers, a Union Cabinet sub-committee, an Expenditure and Finance committee, the PMO and the Prime Minister.

While welcoming the arrest, Mr. Gadkari said all those involved should be punished.

The CBI should take action against the guilty and instil some credibility in the minds of people. If this was not done then Mr. Kalmadi's arrest would be just eyewash.

“The inquiry,” he said, “is restricted to the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) and its budget of Rs. 1250 crore. What about the misuse and corruption of Rs. 76,000 crore that was spent on the Games? If the Prime Minister has the courage, he should take strict action against all those involved and launch a full inquiry into misappropriation of funds by Ministers and even Chief Ministers.”

Mr. Gadkari said he did not have much faith in the CBI inquiry. Only Mr. Kalmadi can reveal the names of others involved in the scam.

Referring to Gujarat police officer Sanjiv Bhatt's affidavit against Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Mr. Gadkari said it was filed in the Supreme Court over eight years after the riots.

These witnesses were being produced to target the BJP and Mr. Modi. There were 2,000 encounters in the country, but in Gujarat they were being probed due to the vindictive politics of the Congress.

He said the Congress was misusing its power and since it was in a precarious condition in Gujarat and not capable of winning elections, it was targeting Mr. Modi.


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