New Delhi: The CAG report on the Commonwealth Games mess led to a slugfest in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday with the Opposition alleging involvement of the PMO and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and the Congress casting doubts on the role and authority of the government auditor.

"Who is Suresh Kalmadi? Who brought him to the Lok Sabha? And now after Kalmadi has landed in Tihar Jail, he is being projected as a BJP man," BJP member Yashwant Sinha said, ridiculing the Congress' attempts to paint the Congress member from Pune as the 'villan' of the CWG mess.

A special discussion on the issue saw CPI (M) leader Basudeb Acharia also pinpointing the blame on the PMO and Dikshit, maintaining that they cannot go scot free.

Disputing the government's claim that the appointment of Kalmadi as Chairman of the CWG Organising Committee was made during the NDA rule, Acharia wondered whether there was no way out for the UPA government to change the decision.

"If there was no way out except to make Kalmadi the Chairman of the Organising Committee (OC), then how come the Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) also opined that Kalmadi be made the Chairman of the OC," he posed.

The appointment of Kalmadi was made with the full knowledge of the Prime Minister, Acharia said questioning that if it was not binding on the government, why Kalmadi was made the Chairman.

The occasion was utilised by Manish Tewari (Cong) who opened the innings on behalf of the Congress to target the CAG questioning its right to go into the policy decisions of the government, including key appointments.

Accusing the Prime Minister of inaction, Sinha contended that he did not do anything against Kalmadi despite repeated complaints by former sports ministers Mani Shankar Aiyer and late Sunil Dutt.

He said there was nothing that prevented the government from sacking Kalmadi, who any way was removed from the Organising Committee of the CWG.

Responding to the remarks of the Congress that it was NDA which appointed Kalmadi as OC chief, Sinha questioned, "who gave Kalmadi ticket to contest elections."

Taking on Home Minister P Chidambaram, Sinha cited a media report which quoted Aiyer as having said that his objections to release funds to OC without utilisation certificate for the earlier amounts were overruled by the then Finance Minister.

Rejecting the contention of the government that it could not do anything to Kalmadi after he had been appointed OC chairman, Sinha said there was nothing in the contract that could have prevented the government from taking action against him.

If the government could remove him later, it could have sacked him earlier also, Sinha added.

Sinha triggered pandemonium with his remarks saying that Independent member Madhu Koda used to provide "bags" to people in Delhi as Chief Minister of Jharkhand to save his government.

The remarks evoked sharp reaction from Congress and ultimately led to adjournment of the House for 45 minutes. The Lower House was later adjourned for the day.

(Agencies)