New Delhi. Under pressure to recover costs and attract sponsorships, the Organizing Committee of the Commonwealth Games has decided to sell the event tickets in black to generate revenues many times higher than originally targeted. The decision was taken after the official merchandiser of the games pulled out a few days back, dousing all hopes of generating revenues from planned sales of stuffed Shera and Qutub Minar saucers.
“We were left with no other choice.” Suresh Kalmadi, the evergreen and everlasting chairman of the Organizing Committee said, justifying the decision.
The announcement has caused a flurry amongst the media and eminent personalities who feel their jobs are now in danger. Suhel Seth, Manish Tewary, Kirti Azad and Mani Shankar Aiyar were especially upset and feeling unwell as per trusted sources.
“If these announcements of corruption are made in such an open manner by the organizing committee themselves, then what will we discuss, uncover and break?” said a senior media personality on condition of anonymity.
According to anonymous reporters, Arnab Goswami of Times Now had finalized thirty-nine questions and thirteen panelists for his prime-time show Newshour tonight to discuss this ‘institutionalizing of corruption’, while Sagarika Ghose of CNN-IBN had already tweeted seven tweets attracting vital and well-researched data for her own prime-time show.
Such acts have further emboldened Suresh Kalmadi, who argued, “Our only objective is to earn as much money as we can before this golden opportunity passes. People like Arnab Goswami and Sagarika Ghose have been earning money at our expense all along. This cannot be allowed. Unless we are given a percentage of the money earned by these news channels, we will keep on being honest about our dishonesty.”
It is not yet known what will happen to those tickets that have already been bought, but experts are of the view that these would be bought back at 100 times the original price to be distributed among the families of government officials to make them feel 100 times more special and valued.
In other news, Warren Anderson (Ex – CEO of Union Carbide) is now friends with Suresh Kalmadi on facebook. They have co created the group called Clean Getaways.
(the reporter tweets here)