The government on Friday (August 6) came under scathing attack for a third day on a row from a united Opposition over the issue of alleged corruption and financial irregularities in the upcoming Commonwealth Games scheduled in New Delhi from October 4-13.
Raking up the issue in the Lok Sabha BJP leaders, JD(U) Chief Sharad Yadav, Samajwadi Party (SP)supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD’s Lalu Prasad Yadav challenged the government to clarify the whole issue.
Calling it an Rs one lakh crore scam, Mulayam Singh Yadav said: “There are several areas of corruption within the Commonwealth Games.”
He further said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh must clarify on the scam Sharad Yadav also slammed the Congress party for ignoring the events concerning the Commonwealth Games.
Defending the government, Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam said, “The Commonwealth Games is the pride of the nation and any sort of corruption will not be tolerated by the government.
CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia demanded setting up of a JPC on the “large-scale corruption scam”, alleging that while a cricket stadium in Hyderabad was constructed at ` 90 crore, the renovation of Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Delhi cost over ` 961 crore.
“There is no accountability. No one has been held responsible. Government says it does not have money to supply food grains,” Acharia said, with Gurudas Dasgupta (CPI) saying this was “a loot of public money” as over ` 50,000 crore was being spent on the games.