Close on the heels of Opposition raising corruption and nepotism in the conduct of ensuing National Games, a ruling legislator and former sports minister on Saturday resigned from the executive council of the games.
Former sports minister K B Ganesh Kumar said he was quitting in protest against the irresponsible management of the national games. “I can’t be a mute spectator to the squandering away of public money. The national games has deviated from its professed aim,” said Kumar.
The other day, CPI (M)-led Opposition had alleged that the Congress government in Kerala was trying to do a repeat of “Commonwealth games model’’ corruption. Opposition had threatened not to co-operate with the games, slated to begin on January 31 in seven districts in Kerala.
Opposition had raised objection to the decision to give Rs 10.6 crore for an event management firm under leading newspaper Malayala Manorama for the conduct of a mass run, termed run Kerala run, on January 20.
On Saturday, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the government would look into the allegations if given in writing.
Sports Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan refuted the Opposition allegation, saying that one could not compare the Commonwealth games with the National Games. The budget for the national games was only Rs 611 crore, which was finalized in 2009. We are trying to make the event most cost effective in the history of the national games, he said.