Kalmadi rubbishes talk of being sidelined from CPP meet

He said he would be busy 24 hours with the Games and would also not attend Parliament.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: August 20, 2010 3:51:02 pm

Dismissing talk that he was asked to stay away from the Congress Parliamentary Party meet in the wake of allegations surrounding the Commonwealth Games,MP Suresh Kalmadi on Friday said he was busy with CWG president Mike Fennel.

Kalmadi did not attend the CPP meeting yesterday despite the fact that it was convened by him in his capacity as CPP Secretary and he had written letters to all party MPs asking them to be present.

He said: I will now be busy 24 hours with the Games. There is no need to draw any other meaning.

Anticipating his busy schedule,Kalmadi said he had also taken the leave of Parliament for most of the Monsoon Session.

The MP from Pune said at the beginning of the session he had asked for leave and had written a letter to the party office saying he could not Parliament because of the Games.

The chief of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee said the last time he attended Parliament for a brief period was during the discussion in the Lok Sabha on the upcoming sporting event.

In the CPP meeting yesterday,Congress President Sonia Gandhi said the government will look into the allegations of malpractices and spare no one found to be involved in them once the event was over.

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