Rahul Gandhi's 4 questions to PM Modi on Adani, foreign trips, electoral bond
Rahul Gandhi's charges in Lok Sabha drew a sharp response from the treasury benches, with law minister Kiren Rijiju asking him to not level "wild allegations" and furnish proof of his claims.
Senior Congress Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday posed four questions to Prime Minister Narendra Modi while linking the meteoric rise in the business fortunes of billionaire Gautam Adani to the BJP government coming to power in 2014. Amid objection from the treasury benches for levelling “wild allegations”, Rahul Gandhi launched a sharp attack on the government over the Adani issue as he spoke on the motion of thanks to the President's address.
He also mentioned his experience from the recently-concluded Bharat Jodo Yatra to highlight the perceived dominance of Gautam Adani in many fields.
"From Tamil Nadu, Kerala to Himachal Pradesh we have been listening to one name everywhere 'Adani'. All across the country, it is just 'Adani, Adani, Adani'...people used to ask me that if Adani enters any business, it never fails," he said adding that the youth have asked him how has Adani's net worth risen multiple times.
"The youth has asked us that Adani who is now in eight to ten sectors, how is it that his net worth has risen from USD 8 billion in 2014 to USD 140 billion in 2022. It was only Adani who talked about bringing the apples of Kashmir and Himachal to the ports, airports, and even the roads we are walking on," he added.
Rahul's sharp attack on the Modi government came amid the Opposition parties' demand for discussion over investment by LIC, public sector banks, and financial institutions "in companies losing market value, endangering the savings of crores of Indians" following a report by a US-based short seller Hindenburg Research which made allegations against some companies of Adani group.
During his speech, Gandhi asked the prime minister to provide answers to his queries regarding the Adani issue as he linked State foreign visits to the group’s global gains.
A large part of Gandhi's speech in Lok Sabha yesterday wherein he had alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi's link to tycoon Gautam Adani was expunged.
“With the expunging of @RahulGandhi 's remarks on PM linked Adani MahaMegaScam, deMOcracy was cremated in the Lok Sabha. OM Shanti”, Congress general secretary in-charge Communications Jairam Ramesh tweeted.