Taking the corporate tussle between the Ambani brothers to the Lok Sabha, the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Wednesday forced adjournment of the House thrice over the government’s failure to ensure gas supply to the Dadri power plant in Uttar Pradesh.
The SP members, led by party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, demanded immediate resignation of Petroleum Minister Murli Deora for his alleged role in the dispute between the Ambani brothers over a gas purchase contract.
Anil Ambani had on Tuesday accused the petroleum ministry of colluding with elder brother Mukesh's Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) in blocking gas supply to the power projects of his Reliance Natural Resources Ltd (RNRL).
Though the government maintained silence on the controversy, the SP move drew flak from the Congress, BJP and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) members who slammed Yadav’s party for raking up “a corporate battle” in Parliament.
“They are doing it for the benefit of one individual,” Yadav said, without mentioning any name. “We want immediate gas supply so that electricity problems faced by the people in Uttar Pradesh and other states are immediately addressed.”
Though widely perceived to be close to Anil, the SP chief said he had nothing to do with the Ambanis, and wanted a statement from the government, explaining why it went to the Supreme Court despite the Bombay High Court asking RIL to supply gas to various entities.