Faking News: Kalmadi wants to host CWG again to prove there was no scam

Saturday, 17 November 2012 - 10:00am IST | Agency: DNA
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.

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 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 a member in a parliamentary standing committee last month.

Sources told Faking News that Kalmadi has been feeling restless ever since the low revenues earned through the 2G spectrum auction has been cited as a clinching proof that the 2G scam never happened.

“Kalmadi feels that if the revenue figures realised in 2008 could be compared with those realised in 2012, the expenses figure realised in 2010 could be compared with those that will be realised in 2014,” Lalit, a close aide of Kalmadi, said.

Explaining further, Lalit said, “See, the way prices are rising, very soon a roll of premium toilet paper could actually cost Rs 4,000, which was the figure quoted in the media and which led to an outrage. If the next CWG also sees a toilet paper of Rs 4,000, we can claim that there was no loss and hence no CWG scam!”

When asked how one could ignore the inflation between the 2010 and the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Lalit said, “Just as we are ignoring the market dynamics and technological advances between 2008 and 2012 in the case of 2G spectrum licences sale.”

Experts too believe that if India could convince Scotland, where the 2014 Commonwealth Games are scheduled to be held in Glasgow, to forgo the host status and let Delhi host the Games again, lawyers such as Kapil Sibal and Manish Tewari could argue that there was no CWG scam in 2010.

“An excessive focus on Rs 1.76 lakh crore led people to believe as if that was the centre of the 2G scam. The way rules were bent and companies were favoured for suspected quid pro quo was almost kicked out from the public discourse,” Rajkumar, an expert, pointed out.

“Similarly, if one could just focus just on numbers like ‘Rs 4,000 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 the 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.”

Rahul Roushan thinks he can make some sense through nonsense. He attempts the same through his news satire website www.fakingnews.com


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