New Delhi: After Suresh Kalmadi’s arrest in the CWG scam, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has now shifted its target to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In a fresh round of allegations, BJP has held the PM guilty for giving a free-hand to former chairman of CWG organizing committee Kalmadi to misuse the funds and his position.

Simultaneously, the BJP leaders have accused the Prime Minister of ignoring the reminders and warning given to him by three former Sports Ministers, who had informed the PM about the rampant corruption carried out by Kalmadi.

With more facts and figures related to CWG scam emerging, BJP has launched a scathing attack on the Prime Minister. Slamming him for sheltering Kalmadi during CWG, BJP said that Singh cannot escape from the issue of permitting his party member to misuse the funds allotted for the games.

Coming down hard on PM for patronising Kalmadi, BJP’s national Secretary Kirit Somaiya asked Singh to answer the reasons behind ignoring the warnings given to him by three former Sports Ministers. While addressing a press conference, Somaiya gave some documental proofs and questioned the reasons behind the laid back attitude of PM on the issue

He said that after Mani Shankar Aiyar, Sports minister MS Gill also questioned the organizing committee formed under the leadership of Kalmadi. “But, Singh instead of taking action against Kalmadi, entrusted more power on him,” Somaiya added.

Alleging PM of having a soft corner towards Kalmadi, Somaiya said, “In a meeting presided by the PM in 2004, it was decided that Rs 1899 crore will be spent for CWG preparations. Then one fails to understand the reason behind allocating more amount for the games.”

Somaiya maintained that Kalmadi’s arrest in CWG scam is just the start and soon more names would be exposed.

Dainik Jagran had also revealed some letters, where former Sports Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar and Sunil Dutt had doubted the activities of Kalmadi. Annoyed with corruption and high-handedness of Kalmadi, Aiyar had written several letters to Prime Minister Office and the Finance Ministry.

JPN/ Bureau