New Delhi: Lok Sabha was on Monday rocked by a host of issues, including Samajwadi Party’s demand for resignation of petroleum minister Murli Deora alleging a Rs50,000 crore scam in the backdrop of the tussle between the Ambani brothers over gas allocation.
The move for a Development Board for Bundelkhand and the political violence in West Bengal also generated much heat in the House, whose proceedings were paralysed for the day.
Witnessing three adjournments before being abruptly adjourned for the day, the House was in trouble from the word go as BSP and BJP vociferously raised the issue of setting up a Bundelkhand Development Board without taking Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh governments in to confidence.
Members of the Trinamool Congress and Left parties clashed, as the former raised the political violence in the Left-front ruled West Bengal.
After two adjournments when SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was allowed to ask a question to Deora, he accused that the minister had ensured that one industrialist and his industry house enjoy Rs50,000 crore benefit and that the minister should resign.
“Deora must resign. I am demanding it. If the leader of the house does not agree to it, then this government will lose its credibility,” he said.
Earlier in his statement, Deora asserted that the government had no role in the Ambani family dispute and that it would do everything to protect its legal right to regulate usage of gas.
“We have nothing to do with the private dispute of two industries or industrialists. However, we have everything to do with protecting the interests of the government and public interest, this is our constitutional and legal obligation,” Deora said.
Making a statement in response to allegations by Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav that Uttar Pradesh was being discriminated against, the minister said that Anil Ambani group’s proposed Dadri power plant would be considered for gas along with other such projects.
“Anil Ambani group firm RNRL’s Dadri power plant is neither installed nor functional,” he said, adding that it would be treated on the same footing as other similar plants.
Not satisfied, SP members rushed to the well of the House creating a din, but Speaker Meira Kumar continued with the day’s business that saw introduction of a few bills before the House was adjourned for two hours.
Deora said that the MoU between Mukesh and Anil Ambani not only stipulated sharing of gas between companies run by them from KG-D6 fields, but also from other fields that RIL may explore and operate in the future, thus necessitating government’s petition in Supreme Court challenging the Bombay high court decision.