What he said:
“I am not a star or a celebrity or an item girl, I am only a sports minister.”
Ajay Maken is atypically humble when asked whether he will be present for the inaugural Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in NOIDA.
Sports Minister Maken denied promoters Jaypee Group a Rs. 100 crore tax exemption.
“When I rejected their request for tax exemption and custom duty, then why should I expect an invitation?"
The sports minister added:
"Any tax exemption is as good as granting aid. The P T Usha academy does not have a synthetic track, it is such projects which require government support rather than F1.”
No formal invitation was extended by the Jaypee Group to the minister, a move interpreted by sources in the sports ministry as “a deliberate slight”.
The organisers later revealed that two passes had been sent to the minister’s residence.
What Ajay Maken really meant:
“I’m not one of Bernie Ecclestone’s ‘Go-Go girls’. I’m more of a speed-breaker.”
What Ajay Maken definitely didn’t:
“Is Mayawati going to be there?”