CWG has to be successful: PM tells organisers
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has directed all those involved in Commonwealth Games preparations that everything should be done to ensure success of the mega sporting event, Minister of State in the PMO Prithviraj Chavan said on Friday. A day after Singh took stock of the preparedness with union
ministers and others involved, Chavan said there was a concern over pull-out threats and hoped that everything would go well.
"With only a few days left, the Prime Minister took personal initiative saying that no stone should be left unturned to see that we successfully conduct the Games," the minister said.
Singh held a meeting with Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy, Sports Minister MS Gill, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna on Thursday to review the preparedness of the Commonwealth Games.
However, CWG Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi was kept away from the meeting, triggering speculation about his being sidelined.
Chavan sought to downplay this, saying the Prime Minister had called all the departments of government and "OC does not fall in the category."
Asked about the pull-out threats and mishaps at the Games avenues, he said "We are all concerned. It's a very prestigious undertaking for the country."