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Cong Rules Out Resignation Of Delhi CM Over CAG Report

New Delhi, Aug 8:  With Opposition mounting pressure for Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit ouster over CAG findings in CWG projects, Congress today firmly ruled out her resignation, saying there is noting objectionable against her
PTI August 08, 2011 16:31 IST
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New Delhi, Aug 8:  With Opposition mounting pressure for Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit ouster over CAG findings in CWG projects, Congress today firmly ruled out her resignation, saying there is noting objectionable against her in the report.

“There is no need for the resignation of Dikshit...  question does not arise. The report has nowhere indicted the Chief Minister. It does not have any objectionable references to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit,” Congress spokesperson Sanjay Nirupam told reporters outside Parliament. 

Questioning BJP's stand over CAG report, he said, “If a chief minister has to resign on the basis of CAG report then there is a CAG report against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar about the lapses of Rs 40,000 crore. If Shiela should resign, then BJP should also ask for Nitish resignation. 

“In UP also there is CAG report against Mayawati over the installation of statutes. Was Mayawati's resignation sought on the basis of CAG report?”, he asked He said the Comptroller and Auditor General had clarified that there was no indictment of Dikshit in the report and it had only mentioned about the lapses in the preparation of the Games.

The BJP today demanded that an FIR be registered against Dikshit after her name figured in the CAG report on alleged irregularities in the Commonwealth Games.  “The CAG report against Delhi CM has clearly put her in the dock. Not only should she resign, we demand that an FIR should be lodged against her,” party spokesperson Tarun Vijay told reporters here.

An aggressive Opposition created storm in Parliament, disrupting its proceedings for the day by pressing for her resignation.

Taking a dig at the media and the BJP, Nirupam said, “It seems the media and the BJP have not fully read the CAG report.“There were only two references about the Chief Minister. It pertained to one company which was given the street lighting contract on higher rate.”

However, Nirupam clarified that it was not the Chief minister's decision to award street lighting contract. “It was the decision of the Delhi High Court. The decision was taken on the basis of the High Court decision.” He said the second reference was about the illumination.  “That was also not the decision of the CM but the decision of the cabinet.”

Nirupam said the same CAG has appreciated the street lighting system in the capital after the Games terming it as “world standard”.

As per constitutional requirement, the CAG report would go to PAC first, he said adding, if required, it can be referred for further investigation.” PTI