Committed to work for Pune's development: Kalmadi
Kalmadi said that he was not 'bothered' by protest from any political parties. 'No one can stop me from engaging in developmental works for Pune, the city which has an important place on the world map,' he added.
Pune: Unfazed by the protests staged against him today by the BJP and MNS activists here, scam-tainted Congress leader and local MP Suresh Kalmadi has expressed resolve to continue working for development of the city while claiming he was "innocent" in the Games-related graft case.
Reacting sharply to the noisy demonstration in front of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) building where he went to inaugurate a sports committee office, Kalmadi said he was "innocent and not guilty till proved guilty".
In an effort which is seen in the context of regaining his lost political ground against the backdrop of the CWG scam, Kalmadi, who is under suspension from the party, also held discussions with civic chief Mahesh Pathak on various problems plaguing his constituency.
The former CWG organising committee chief later told reporters that he was not "bothered" by protest from any political parties. "No one can stop me from engaging in developmental works for Pune, the city which has an important place on the world map," he said.
Claiming that the court had stated in his bail order that "no money trail has been found..(in CWG case), Kalmadi said he entered the PMC building from the front gate and not from back entrance due to protest. Delhi High Court granted Kalmadi bail in January in a 2010 Games-related graft case.
Earlier, BJP-MNS activists staged a vociferous protest waving black flags condemning Kalmadi for his alleged role in the CWG scam. The supporters of Kalmadi and police, however, intervened to clear his way towards the PMC building.