New Delhi : Deadlines are not the only battle on the Commonwealth Games organising committee’s hands. A question looming large is how to contain the media that has been relentless in pursuing corruption allegations, often to the exclusion of every other aspect of the Games.
After lengthy meetings, the committee decided that its members – most of them seasoned mediapersons themselves – would be proactive and stop “irresponsible” TV channels from getting away with unsubstantiated charges and creating the wrong impression in people’s minds, both inside and outside of the country.
Rajya Sabha MP and Congress leader Rajiv Shukla suggested that five members of the committee go on air to explain the committee’s position. Eventually, committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi himself went studio hopping in an attempt to clear the air of charges of financial misappropriation.