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Aug 08, 2011 at 12:09pm IST

New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha were adjourned for the day on Monday, following an uproar over the CAG report on Commonwealth Games and Sports Minister Ajay Maken's statement on Kalmadi's appointment.

The BJP moved a privilege motion in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha against Maken for his statement in Parliament that the NDA government was responsible for the appointment of Suresh Kalmadi as the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief.

The Opposition also demanded Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's resignation over the CAG report on the CWG Scam.

Having sacrificed its chief minister BS Yeddyurappa in Karnataka, the BJP has now been pressing for the Delhi Chief Minister's resignation.

On Sunday morning the BJP Parliamentary party core group met at LK Advani's residence to finalise its strategy.

On August 9, the BJP youth wing has also planned a demonstration outside Parliament on corruption and two days later its Delhi unit will stage a protest against the Delhi Chief Minister.

With CAG report stating that Kalmadi was appointed the 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".

Maken had also rejected a suggestion that the decision to appoint Kalmadi as OC chairman facilitated the conversion of the originally envisaged government-run OC into a body outside government control.

In a statement, Maken had said that as per the Host City Contract signed on November 13, 2003 by the IOA, Delhi's Lt Governor and the then Sports Secretary, it was the Commonwealth Games Association - IOA in case of India - which was to establish the OC to organise the Games.

"The Cabinet of the NDA government, in a decision taken on September 11, 2003, had also agreed to underwrite any shortfall between revenue and expenditure of OC," the statement said.

(With additional information from PTI)

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