Congres plays Adani card to counter BJP on Robert Vadra land deals

Written by PTI | New Delhi | Updated: Apr 24 2014, 02:22am hrs
Playing the Adani card, Congress today sought to put Narendra Modi in the dock for giving vast tracts of land to his "favourite capitalist friend" at throw away prices by treating the state as his "private feudal estate" days after BJP raked up Robert Vadra's land deals.

It also alleged a scam of Rs 23,000 crore in power purchase agreements in Gujarat. Besides, it claimed that BJP's poll expenditure is double at Rs 10,000 crore than that of US President Barack Obama.

Seeking to puncture the "good governance balloon" of Gujarat, AICC spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi posed questions to the BJP's prime ministerial candidate accusing him of practising "crony capitalism" and "squandering of state largesse".

He also faulted the state-owned Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam of entering into power purchase agreements at different rates with three companies.

He said while Gujarat government would be purchasing power from two Adani plants at Rs 2.89 and Rs 2.35 per unit, it is being bought at Rs 2.26 from a third thermal unit.

This constituted a massive fraud as per unit 63 paise are being given more, which will lead to the thermal power producer gaining Rs 23,625 crore more over a 25 year period.

Singhvi sought to know from the Gujarat Chief Minister whether he has taken action against his cabinet colleague Anandi Ben Patel who has been pulled up by the Supreme Court for giving 36 acre land to a company.

"The questions I have asked why after Supreme Court strictures, are you continuing with her and indeed have promoted her to a de-facto Chief Minister when you are giving lecturers that you will take action against everybody. Please look into your backyard first," he said.

Singhvi said, "The price charged to him is for varying parcels of land from Rs 2.5 to Rs 25 per sq mt whereas the market price is Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500. He is given 5,465

hectares which is equal to 5,46,56,819 sq mt.

"On any differential of market price, if you are to calculate this humongous amount of Rs 5,465 hectares, equal to 5.5 crore sq mt, I find it impossible to believe that till now the Gujarat government headed by the prime ministerial pretender who gives us lectures of good governance everyday has failed to answer the simple question why and how"

"People to whom you are lecturing want some answers and this set of questions relate to examples of crony capitalism, examples of squandering of state largesse as if it is your private feudal estate and it demands answers in the public interest," he added.