I will speak on CWG issue after October 15: Aiyar

Last Updated 29 July 2010, 07:11 IST

After raising a controversy with his unsavoury remarks on Commonwealth Games, Rajya Sabha member Mani Shankar Aiyar today said he has been asked to keep mum on the issue and would speak about it only after October 15 when the event gets over.

"Now that everybody is talking about it, I think, now I do not need to say anything more and I have promised that I will keep my mouth shut because somebody asked me to do so as they will successfully organise Commonwealth Games. Now, I will open my mouth on October 15," Aiyar told reporters.

He maintained that his criticism of the Commonwealth Games 2010 was nothing new and he had taken this stand since the last two years. He wondered why there was a "hue and cry" on the issue two days back.

"I am very delighted that what I have been saying for such a long time, now the whole country is aware of it," he said.

When asked if he would stick to his stand, Aiyar shot back, "Have you ever seen me not sticking to my stand?"

Taking a dig at Indian Olympic Association head Suresh Kalmadi for calling him 'anti-national', Aiyar said, "Whoever has said this, his talks are a matter of jest."

He denied that party high command had passed a gag order against him.

"High Command has not told me anything. This is my own decision that when my views on the issue are being heard in all households, then what is the need to issue more statements," he said.

(Published 29 July 2010, 07:11 IST)

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