Sonia meets medal winners; Kalmadi kept out

Sonia meets medal winners; Kalmadi kept out

New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday met the Indian medal winners in the commonwealth games but controversial organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi was not invited.

Rahul Gandhi also met the medal winners who brought glory to the country in the just concluded games.

Sports minister M S Gill was present on the ocassion as also Bhubaneswar Kalita, who was chef de mission of the Indian contingent.

Asked whether Kalmadi was invited for the meeting, Congress sources merely said the protocol laid down by the Prime Minister was followed by the congress president while meeting the award winners.

The Prime Minister had invited Indian medal winners for an interaction yesterday but Kalmadi was not invited.

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.

India has won a record 101 medals, including 38 gold, to finish second in the commonwealth games, which ended here on Thursday.