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No role in tendering,ministers took only policy decision: Lovely on CAG report

The political leadership of the Delhi government on Monday distanced itself from the irregularities pointed out in the audit report of the October 2010 Commonwealth Games,saying the findings do not indict any minister.

The political leadership of the Delhi government on Monday distanced itself from the irregularities pointed out in the audit report of the October 2010 Commonwealth Games,saying the findings do not indict any minister.

Transport and Education minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report,made public Friday,does not accuse any of Delhi seven Cabinet ministers.

“We have gone through the report. Nowhere in the report either the Chief Minister,any minister or any public functionary has been named. Nobody has been indicted. No mention of names. Where is the indictment of the Chief Minister?,” Lovely said.

Lovely said as Cabinet ministers,he and his colleagues take only policy decisions. “Decision on tenders are not taken by political leaders; CM has no hand in tendering process,” he said.

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Chief Secretary P K Tripathi and senior bureaucrats from Dikshit’s office were present as Lovely addressed the third press conference in four days. In all meetings,senior government officials have insisted that the CAG report does not indict Dikshit personally.

The CAG blamed Dikshit’s government for ineffective planning and lack of an integrated perspective in preparing for the Games.

Lovely on Monday said the report was being politicised. “Some people are trying to take political mileage out of the report…. Nowhere in the report,is there a mention of ‘corruption’ or ‘scam’,” Lovely said.

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Tearing into Opposition demand for Dikshit’s resignation,Lovely said if governments were to resign at the “mere” mention of their names in CAG report,then every March there will be a change in guard at both Central and state levels.

He added if the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) asks for government’s reply on any of CAG findings,it will be more than happy to do so. He said CAG was only an auditor,while the PAC was the Constitutional body to go into the report.

At a Delhi Cabinet meeting,chaired by Dikshit,ministers decided to give a “strong” reply to the allegations made in CAG report,a minister said.

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Dikshit refused to comment on the uproar in Parliament over the Opposition demand for her resignation,on Monday morning.

“Whatever is happening in Parliament,I will not comment on that,” she told reporters. Asked about the growing demand for her resignation,she said,“Let them demand.”

First published on: 09-08-2011 at 01:44:00 am
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