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Kalmadi Kept Out Of Sonia's Meeting With Medal Winners

New Delhi, Oct 16: Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi received yet another snub today when Congress President Sonia Gandhi met the Indian medal winners in the mega sporting event but kept him out.
PTI October 16, 2010 18:38 IST
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New Delhi, Oct 16: Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi received yet another snub today when Congress President Sonia Gandhi met the Indian medal winners in the mega sporting event but kept him out.

Party sources said Kalmadi was not invited for the meeting at 10 Janpath, the residence of Gandhi, where she along with Rahul met the medal winners who brought glory to the country in the just-concluded Games.

Yesterday too, Kalmadi was not called to a reception Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave to medal winners at his residence.

Sports Minister M S Gill was present on both occasions. Bhubaneswar Kalita, who was Chef de Mission of the Indian contingent, was prominent among others present at Gandhi's residence.

Asked whether Kalmadi was invited for the meeting, Congress sources said the protocol laid down by the Prime Minister was followed by the Congress President while meeting the medal winners.

The Congress has made it clear that irregularities in the conduct of the Games would not be glossed over and those found guilty would be brought to book.

Kalmadi is also the Secretary of the Congress Parliamentary Party and member of the Lok Sabha from Pune.

The CPP General body meeting in August held in the shadow of the controversy over the CWG preparations had seen Kalmadi keeping away from the meet. Gandhi, who is the CPP Chairperson, had addressed the meet. PTI