New Delhi. Taking inspiration from the conclusions being drawn from the recent 2G spectrum auction, Suresh Kalmadi has decided to redeem himself and put an end to the whole issue of CWG scam.
Kalmadi has asked for permission to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Delhi again, so that he could prove that there was no scam when the Games were hosted in 2010.
“Just as the 2G spectrum licenses were offered again to telecom companies, why can’t CWG be held again in Delhi?” argued Kalmadi, who along with A Raja, was inducted as members in Parliamentary standing committees last month.
Sources tell Faking News that Kalmadi has been feeling restless ever since the low revenues earned from the 2G spectrum auction has been cited as a clinching proof that the 2G scam never happened.
“Kalmadi feels that if the revenues figures realized in 2008 could be compared with those realized in 2012, the expenses figure realized in 2010 could be compared with those realized in 2014,” Lalit, a close aide of Kalmadi explained.
Explaining further, Lalit said, “See, the way prices are rising, very soon a roll of premium toilet paper could actually cost 4000 rupees, which was the figure quoted in media and which led to outrage. If the next CWG also sees a toilet paper of 4000 rupees, we can claim that there was no loss and hence no CWG scam!”
When asked how could one ignore factors like inflation between 2010 and 2014, Lalit said, “Just as we are ignoring the market dynamics and technological advances between 2008 and 2012 in the case of 2G spectrum licenses sales.”
Experts too believe that if India could convince Scotland, where 2014 Commonwealth Games are scheduled to be held in Glasgow, to forgo the host status and let Delhi host the games again, lawyers like Kapil Sibal and Manish Tewari could argue that there was no CWG scam in 2010.
“An excessive focus on 1.86 lakh crore rupees led people to believe as if that was the only aspect of the 2G scam. The way rules were bent and companies were favored for suspected quid pro quo was almost kicked out from the public and media discourse,” Rajkumar, an expert pointed out.
“Similarly, if one could just focus just on numbers like ‘4000 rupees for a toilet paper’ and try to obfuscate the malpractices and shoddy preparations that were witnessed during the games, even the CWG scam could be laid to rest like the 2G scam,” he added.
“There is a strong case – comparisons with London Olympics were made and attempts were made to argue that CWG was not hosted that badly,” the expert further pointed out, “Kalmadi is not wrong if he thinks he too can get a clean chit and India can forget yet another scam.”
(originally written for and published in English daily DNA)