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NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday targeted Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Congress over the alleged irregularities in the sale of stake worth Rs 20,000 crore in Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation’s (GSPC) gas exploration project in the Krishna Godavari Basin (KG). He also alleged that Modi bought peace with Congress and judiciary by offering plots of land at throwaway price.
“In August 2002, GSPC acquired gas blocks in KG Basin worth $20 billion. Modi government entered into production sharing agreements with two companies: Geo Global and Jubilant Enpro Pvt. Ltd. Modi gave away 10% of participating interest, worth Rs 10,000 crore, to each of these two companies completely free of cost,” said Kejriwal, adding that “we demand an investigation on him. This scam is bigger than the 2G scam”.
He said that the Geo Global was incorporated just six days before their agreement with the GSPC and on the date of agreement Jean Paul Roy owned company’s total capital was $64 (Rs 3200) only and it became a Rs 10,000 crore worth company within six days.
“Interestingly, GSPC has spent $ 3 billion as cost of exploration. Since Geo Global has 10% stake, 10% of this cost i.e. % 300 million (Rs 1500 crores) should have been borne by Geo Global. However, Modi government paid this money on their behalf and did not recover it from them,” said Kejriwal.
He questioned: “Why did Modi do that? Who is Jean Paul Roy? What is Modi’s relationship with Jean Paul Roy?”
He added that “interestingly, Jean Paul hasn’t received benefits from just Modi in Gujarat. He has received similar illegal benefits from UPA government at centre also”.
Talking about another company, Jubilant Enpro Pvt. Ltd; Kejriwal said that the Jubilant Enpro Pvt. Ltd is owned by Shyam Sunder Bhartia, husband of Mrs Shobhana Bhartia, a Rajya Sabha MP of Congress.
“Shobhana Bhartia was nominated to Rajya Sabha by Congress. She has been known to be extremely close to Congress and Gandhi family. Isn’t it strange that Modi grants a Rs 10,000 crore illegal benefit to someone so close to Congress? Isn’t it strange that Congress keeps mum about Modi’s scam for so many years?”
Alleging that Modi bought peace with Congress and Judiciary, the AAP convener alleged that Gujarat Government had been allotting plots of land to its MPs and MLAs, including of Congress, in prime areas of Gandhinagar.
“But most of them have sold these plots at much higher rates. Why did the Congress, which is the Opposition Party, not raise its voice against this scheme?”
He said after the matter was challenged in Gujarat High Court, the sale of the plots was stayed.
“In order to keep the judges also happy, Modi gave concessional plots to all the sitting, retired and promoted judges of Gujarat High Court in April 2010. Barring a few judges, all the other judges accepted this Modi’s offer. Since then, this petition has not been heard by Gujarat High Court. The MPs and MLAs are openly selling their plots despite Gujarat High Court ban on sale. Has Judiciary been effectively silenced?”
Kejriwal also questioned Modi’s alleged links with the Adani Group, asking why the conglomerate was given acres of land at Rs 1 per square metre when the prevailing market rate was Rs 300 per square metre. He alleged that when the Indian Air Force (IAF) needed land in Gujarat, it was asked to pay Rs 88 per square metre. The PM had to intervene to ensure allotment of land to IAF,” Kejriwal alleged.
“The Gujarat government bought electricity from Adani at the rate of Rs 5.50 in 2007 even though the state-owned Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC) had offered to provide electricity at Rs 2.25 in short term merchandise. This offer was ignored by the Modi government,” Kejriwal added, alleging that the GMDC chairman was later transferred at the behest of Adani Group, which had started exploiting the Gujarat government for coal blocks.
“Adani started blackmailing the Gujarat government over coal mines. The GMDC assured Adani that they will be provided coal and the state government then entered into an agreement with Adani to provide electricity, that too at Rs 5.50 per unit. The matter was raised in the Assembly last year,” said Kejriwal.