Union transport minister T.R. Baalu has raised a very good question. While admitting that he had “put in a word” with the petroleum minister for allocation of natural gas to two companies owned by his immediate family, Baalu asked, “What’s wrong with it?”
First, to educate this former petroleum and gas minister of state on the obvious: Any impropriety in allocating the country’s precious, scarce natural wealth is unacceptable and inexcusable.
Justifying his use of “soft power”, Baalu has accused the 2003 NDA government of cancelling what he calls gas supply contracts for the power and chemical companies concerned. Good that he is raking up history. This saga won’t be as “simple” as political redressal for political vendetta. It needs investigation—and disclosure to the public. It would be very odd for any government to cancel legal contracts and not be hauled up in court. Of course, even without knowing the whole story, abuse of power and utter disrespect for propriety and rules is evident. So, what will the Union government now do?