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Aug 03, 2011 at 12:27am IST

Govt defends PM, blames NDA over Kalmadi row

New Delhi: In a surprise move, the Government on Tuesday stepped in to defend Prime Minister in the CWG row, even though the CAG report on the Commonwealth Games has yet to be tabled in Parliament.

Sports Minister Ajay Maken, while defending the Prime Minister, squarely blamed the NDA for Suresh Kalmadi's appointment as the Commonwealth Organsing Committee chief.

But the opposition refused to tone down its attacks on the Prime Minister for being blind to the irregularities being committed during the Games and for allowing Kalmadi to continue as the OC chief.

Blaming NDA for hoisting Kalmadi, Maken said, "Vikram Verma, the NDA sports minister at that time will also have to answer a lot of questions."

Former sports minister vikram verma of the BJP, the target of Maken's attack refused to take the blame.

"GoM had given a decision; Sunil Dutt too had given an opinion. So, the UPA and the Prime Minister are to be blamed," said Vikram Verma.

Sensing it could get worse, the Government turned the game and late evening agreed to a discussion on terror and price rise issues, which are likely to put the Govenment in a tight corner once again. The discussion on corruption will take place in next week.