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BJP demands Dikshit's resignation over CAG's CWG report


August 6, 2011 - Guwahati

Accusing the Congress Party of double standards, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nitin Gadkari on Saturday demanded Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's resignation after she was indicted by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India over irregularities observed in the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG).

Comparing the recent political situation in Karnataka, Gadkari said: "In Karnataka when the Lokayukta in his report (on illegal mining) indicted Yeddyurappa, the Congress demanded his resignation despite us asking him to resign. But when Sheila Dikshit has been directly held responsible by the CAG in the CWG scam, the Congress has gone into overdrive to save her."

"CAG is a statutory authority. When in its report it makes one responsible for irregularities, then that person should resign forthwith," he told mediapersons in Guwahati.

Demanding that Dikshit resign immediately, Gadkari said: "The BJP demands that Dikshit should resign immediately. She has no right to continue as the chief minister when the CAG has raised the issues regarding irregularities in award of contracts, supply of inferior equipment, delay in awarding contracts leading to escalation of expenditure."

"The BJP is asking the Congress to leave their politics of double standard and instead ask Sheila to resign when they (Congress) claim to be against corruption," he added.

Further referring to the arrest of sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi, Gadkari said: "The Delhi Government had spent Rs 20,000 crore for the CWG and Kalmadi spent only Rs 12,000 crore. She has been held responsible for spending the money

Dikshit had earlier said she would reply on the CAG report only after it is tabled in the Parliament.

"CAG report has been placed on the table of the house. We are now yet to get a copy and we are trying to get a copy," Dikshit told mediapersons in New Delhi on Friday.

"But all that I can assure to all of you is that when this CAG report goes to PAC (Publics Accounts Committee), in accordance with establishment practice whatever departments would be asked to come before the PAC and to answer any queries that the honourable members of PAC may wish to be answered, we will cooperate with them completely and fully," she added.

ANI

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