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Cong slams IAC over RIL allegations, questions source of funding

PTI  New Delhi, October 31, 2012
First Published: 22:07 IST(31/10/2012) | Last Updated: 22:12 IST(31/10/2012)

The Congress on Wednesday dismissed the allegations of Arvind Kejriwal that the UPA government was favouring Mukesh Ambani as "baseless" and sought to turn the table on the activist questioning the source of funding of India Against Corruption.

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"It is baseless. Nowadays it is fashionable of IAC to make accusations. From where you are getting funds? Who is funding the IAC... It is Ford Foundation from Ramlila Maidan to this press conference," AICC general secretary BK Hariprasad told reporters.

Suggesting a nexus between BJP and Kejriwal, Hariprasad questioned, "Why he is not going to states, which are neck deep in corruption. He should first come clean on charges levelled against him before making accusations at others. If Mukesh Ambani is running the government, the IAC is run by people abroad - Ford foundation and others."

Accusing Kejriwal of doing this for media attention, the Congress leader said, "Everyday they want to be in news. Everyday they shoot and scoot and then run away."

The Congress leader was reacting to the allegations by Kerjiwal that the UPA and the previous NDA governments had favoured Mukesh Ambani and his company by giving contract on gas exploration in KG Basin and concessions at a huge cost to the exchequer.

Attacking the decision to shift S Jaipal Reddy from petroleum ministry, Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan alleged it was now "absolutely crystal clear" that he was eased out of the crucial ministry only on account of "pressure" from Reliance Industries.

Reliance Industries rejected charges of receiving favours from government for its KG-D6 gas project, saying allegations by India Against Corruption (IAC) were at the "behest of vested interests".

"The statements made by IAC... are devoid of any truth or substance whatsoever and are denied," the company said in a statement.

KG-D6 fields, India's first deep-sea project that was developed in a record six-years time, "has added great economic value to the country and by all accounts is a project of which India can be justly proud", RIL said.

"The deep-water exploration project in the KG-D6 basin has deployed the best technical resources and has been recognised by the oil and gas industry as one of the very best in its class," it said.

"Irresponsible allegations made by IAC at the behest of vested interests without basic understanding of the complexities of a project of this nature do not merit a response," it added.


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