Rahul Gandhi today launched a scathing attack in Parliament on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and tycoon Gautam Adani. Whose companies are in the spotlight following allegations of stock manipulation. And accounting fraud by US-based short-seller Hindenburg Research Group.
The Congress leader, who recently completed the 3,500-km Bharat Joro Yatra. Accused Prime Minister Modi of helping Gautam Adani’s business empire in various sectors. Drawing a strong rejection from the ruling BJP, which called his allegations wild and reckless.
“From Tamil Nadu, Kerala to Himachal Pradesh, everywhere we hear one name ‘Adani’. All over the country it’s just ‘Adani’, ‘Adani’, ‘Adani’…Adani ji never fails in any business. Solar power, wind Shakti. What is his relationship with the Prime Minister,” Rahul Gandhi said in the Lok Sabha, alleging that the businessman had secured deals. Countries visited by Prime Minister Modi.
“People asked me how Adani’s total assets increased from $8 billion to $140 billion between 2014 and 2022,” he said.
The Congress leader said the businessman went “from 600th to second place” after the BJP came to power in 2014 and “the real magic began”.
Law Minister Kiren Rijiju hits back at Congress leader, “Don’t level flood allegations, give proof.”
“You are a senior MP now. You should talk about your responsibilities. We expect you to be serious in Parliament. You can say whatever you want outside,” Mr Rijiju said.
BJP MPs complained that privatization started when the Congress was in power and handed over airport contracts to firms like GVK, which were not experienced in the business.
About the “Ashok Gehlot-Adani nexus” – referring to Mr Adani’s pledge of ₹ 65,000 crore.
“The entire ecosystem of Congress is based on the two corrupt pillars of contracts and commissions.” Said BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, “reminding” Rahul Gandhi that he, his mother Sonia Gandhi and his brother-in-law Robert Vadra are out. on bail.
The Adani Group called the Hindenburg report “a malicious combination of selective misinformation and stale. Baseless and discredited allegations which have been examined and rejected by the Supreme Court of India”.
Opposition parties allege that the recent fall in Adani Group shares involves public money as public sector companies LIC (Life Insurance Corporation of India). And SBI (State Bank of India) have invested in them. Adani Group says it complies with all legal and disclosure requirements.
Both houses of Parliament were repeatedly disrupted by protests linked to the Hindenburg-Adani conflict.