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Varun attacks own party, questions BJP's silence on RIL

delhi Updated: Sep 09, 2011 21:11 IST
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Known for his controversial statements, BJP MP Varun Gandhi now seems to have decided to take on his own party, rasing questions over his party's silence on CAG's indictment of RIL.

Provocative even in his mildest moments, the Pilibhit Parliamentarian has targeted both BJP and Congress, asking why both are silent, despite the CAG's clear cut case against the Reliance firm.

Tweeting his displeasure, Varun wrote: “The Government and BJP both silent, wonder why? CAG indicts Reliance and it is clear violation of the Government contract.”

According to reports in Frontier India, he has also accused his party of trying to monopolise the oil and gas industry, while they were in power at the centre, by favoring specific firms and awarding contracts at unreasonable rates. Accusing RIL of bypassing the government, he alleged that the firm directly notified oil and gas discoveries without informing the government.

In a report tabled in the Parliemnt on Thursday, CAG said that the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd denied the Centre its share in Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna-Godavari (KG D6) gas block.

The auditor said under the terms of the pact the firm signed with the government, RIL should have handed over 25% of the total area outside the one where discoveries were made in KG D6 to the government.

Oil sector regulator directorate general of hydrocarbons (DGH), however, allowed RIL to retain the entire 7,645 sq km of the KG D6 block flouting the production-sharing contract that defines the terms and conditions for exploring oil and gas, the CAG said in the report.

RIL denied wrongdoing, saying it had complied with all contract provisions. “We had already provided to the ministry, DGH and CAG our detailed comments along with the views of international experts on such parts of the draft report that had been communicated to us,” it said.