Arvind Kejriwal flays Narendra Modi, says 'vikas purush' gave away crores to favoured industrialists

Dec 04 2012, 21:39 IST
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SummaryModi favoured industrialists Adani Group on power purchase and land allotment: Kejriwal

largesse to Congress, he said the state government had allotted plots of land to its MPs and MLAs in prime areas of Gandhinagar but most of them have sold these plots at much higher rates.

"The upcoming elections in Gujarat is a sham. It will be business as usual. Nothing is going to change. BJP and Congress are joint business partners. It is unfortunate that there is no alternative," he told a press conference.

Kejriwal also claimed that Gujarat IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt, whose wife is contesting against Modi on a Congress ticket, gave him "some documents" regarding gas field allocations and Adanis but wondered why he or his wife did not raise the matter or gave it to Congress.

Seeking to corner Modi for his alleged links with Adanis, Kejriwal alleged that he overlooked Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation's (GMDC) offer to sell electricity at Rs 2.25 per unit and entered into two long-term agreements with the Group to buy power at Rs 2.35 and Rs 2.89 per unit.

In its response Adani Group said, "The land for Special Economic Zone at Mundra was allotted following the process of law. The allegation related to coal supply by GMDC is baseless. Till date we have not received any coal from GMDC.

"These baseless allegations seem to be motivated and lack deeper understanding of the matter. They do not merit futher response."

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