The Aam Admi party on Tuesday took on Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi for the first time, in a press conference at Delhi.
Attacking Modi on his projected image of being pro-development and honest, Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan alleged the chief minister is involved in scams involving resources like gas, land, electricity being handed over to business groups.
Relying on documents provided by suspended IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt, Kejriwal also alleged that although the Congress and Modi attack each other in public, privately, they are involved in business deals with each other.
Even though Bhatt’s wife, Shweta, is contesting elections Modi on a Congress ticket, Kejriwal said it was puzzling why he had approached them and not the Congress with the documents,
The AAP alleged that the Modi government had given away 20% of the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation’s (GSPC) gas blocks to two companies — Geo Global and Jubilant Enpro Pvt. Ltd — free of cost. Worth Rs10, 000 crore each, this was done without any bidding.
Geo Global was a six-day-old company when it got the share. The owner Jean Paul Roy, AAP alleged, has got favours from not just the BJP, but also the Congress as he had entered into contracts with OIL, a Central PSU, during UPA’s regime. Jubilant Enpro, has Congress links as its owner Shyam Sunder Bhartia is married to Shobhana Bhartia, who was nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the Congress, and is known to be close to the Gandhi family, said Kejriwal.
The AAP further alleged that the Gujarat government had allotted plots of land to both BJP and Congress MPs and MLAs in Gandhinagar at highly concessional rates of Rs45 per square metre. When the issue was to be raised in the Gujarat high court, AAP alleged that Modi went ahead and bribed even the judges by deciding in 2008 to grant plots to all sitting, retired and promoted judges.