New Delhi: The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government has bowed to Opposition's pressure and agreed to a debate in the Lok Sabha on Sports Minister Ajay Maken's statement in Parliament on the National Democratic Alliance government's role in the appointment of Suresh Kalmadi as Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirti Azad will initiate the debate in the Lok Sabha on the issue. Earlier, both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the day as the Opposition attacked the Government on Maken's statement. Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha also moved a privilege motion against Maken in the Lok Sabha.
The NDA also wanted the suspension of Question Hour to discuss Maken's statement in which he had earlier put the onus of Kalmadi's selection as Organising Committee chiarman on the NDA government.
Maken has maintained his stand on kalmadi's appoitnment. "I stand by the statement I made in Parliament on NDA's role in Kalmadi's appointment," he said.
He later said that nobody found guilty in the Commonwealth Games scam would be spared.
"The clarification which I am giving does not mean that anyone who is found guilty would be spared. Anyone found guilty , he would be or she would be taken to task. No one would be spared if found guilty," he said.
Noisy scenes disrupted Parliament with the Opposition also demanding the resignation of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Diskhit. The BJP, drawing a parallel with ousted Karantaka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, has been pressing for Dikshit's resignation and plans to bring about a debate on corruption under rule 184 in the Lok Sabha which entails voting.
However, Dikshit has been defiant and claims that she has done noting wrong.
"I don't want to comment on whatever is happening in Parliament. It's the Opposition's job to protest, let them go ahead," she said.
On the other had the BJP is adamant that Dikshit should resign.
"We want Sheila Dikshit's resignation. We are not going to relent this time. Congress has been making irrelevant statements," said BJP leader VK Malhotra.
The CAG report on Commonwealth Games has indicted Dikshit for causing loss to the exchequer in awarding contract for street-lighting to a disqualified firm. The Delhi Chief Minister has also been accused of irregularities in purchase of potted plants and avoidable cost escalation in street-scaping.