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Capt questions Jaitley's defence of Tatas in coal allocation

Questioning the moral high ground taken by the BJP candidate, Arun Jaitley on corruption and black money and his personal attacks on Priyanka Gandhi, former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday asked the former to come clean on his opinion to the Tatas, defending the company in coal allocation and his lobbying for Anil Ambani's power project with the Madhya Pradesh government reportedly for a handsome consideration, which he has allegedly parked in a foreign country.

punjab Updated: Apr 28, 2014 23:10 IST
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Questioning the moral high ground taken by the BJP candidate, Arun Jaitley on corruption and black money and his personal attacks on Priyanka Gandhi, former Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday asked the former to come clean on his opinion to the Tatas, defending the company in coal allocation and his lobbying for Anil Ambani's power project with the Madhya Pradesh government reportedly for a handsome consideration, which he has allegedly parked in a foreign country.

Describing Jaitley's personal tirade against the Gandhi family a classic example of 'pot calling kettle black', Capt Amarinder said, "It is ironical that he (Jaitley) led the protests in Parliament against coal allocations to various private companies while so conveniently choosing to ignore his own stand and opinion just a few years ago that benefitted the Tatas and one more company."

"Imagine a man whose own hands are stained black, trying to malign the image of someone just because his party is not able to counter her charisma," the Congress nominee from Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency said while lashing out at Jaitley for trying to "malign" the image of Priyanka Gandhi.

"His values and standards of probity seem to change with situations and circumstances," Capt Amarinder remarked, while pointing out how he defended the Tatas in the coal allocations just because the company paid him his price, as he always carries a price tag, for the opinion.

He added that in 2008, Jaitley, in his opinion, objected to the government's move to impose profit sharing or royalty on Tata's Coal to Liquid venture. "This helped Tatas as they were saved from sharing the profit with the government. And the same Jaitley ran amuck just four years later claiming a scam in coal allocations as it suited him politically this time like his legal opinion had suited him financially a few years earlier," Capt remarked.

He added that at that time, Jaitley had argued in his 21-page legal opinion that administratively the government had no power to impose such measures and these were possible only through legislation. Capt Amarinder averred that Jaitley has been accused of lobbying for Anil Ambani's power project in Madhya Pradesh for which he was paid huge money which was transferred to a London-based company Infraline.

He said while it is widely believed that Jaitley has been parking his money abroad through Infraline, with one Sunil acting as his middleman. "No wonder Jaitley's wealth had a whopping jump from `26 crore to `158 crore within six years while he was not doing any business as he had stopped his law practice," Capt said.