New Delhi, Feb.11 ANI | 8 months ago

Echoing Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's sentiments on the gas pricing issue, Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh on Tuesday alleged that both the Congress Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party are part of a conspiracy to help Reliance Industries benefit from its hike.

"Whatever you do is constitutional, and whatever we do, is unconstitutional. Both the BJP and the Congress were a part of the conspiracy for benefiting Reliance Industries," said Ashutosh.

"The government is doing its work. Whatever issues that are cropping ahead of us, we are taking them up. The question is that everybody was aware about this issue, and still nobody took any action on it. Both the BJP and the Congress are acquainted with this issue. Why there was no action taken on it. There should have been a proper investigation in this case," he added.

He also questioned BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi for their silence on the issue.

"Why haven't the two senior leaders of the nation taken any action on this yet? Why are they still silent on this issue?" he said.

Earlier today, the Delhi Government directed the Anti-Corruption Branch to register an FIR against the chairperson of Reliance Industries Limited Mukesh Ambani, union petroleum minister M Veerappa Moily, former petroleum minister Murli Deora and former director general of Hydrocarbons VK Sibal under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA).

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal described the details mentioned in the complaint received by the Delhi Government as shocking, and which were an assault on India's economic sovereignty and amounted to an anti-national activity.

The decision to order a probe was taken by the Delhi Ggovernment after the perusal of a common complaint filed by eminent citizens - former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramaniam, former Navy chief Admiral RH Tahiliani, former secretary to government of India EAS Sarma and noted Supreme Court lawyer Kamini Jaiswal.

Acting on a complaint filed by eminent citizens - former Cabinet Secretary TSR Subramaniam, former Navy chief Admiral RH Tahiliani, former secretary to government of India EAS Sarma and noted Supreme Court lawyer Kamini Jaiswal which states that gas prices in the country will be doubled from April 1 this year due to the alleged active collusion between the RIL and some ministers of the central government. In case this price hike is allowed to take place, it will make the life of common man miserable since it will have a cascading effect on transport, domestic gas and even electricity prices.

The impact of this hike in gas price would cost the country a minimum of Rs 54,500 crore every year, and in addition to this the central government allowed the RIL to make a future windfall profit of Rs 1.2 lakh crore.

Kejriwal has demanded that the central government should put its decision to hike the prices of gas in abeyance till the time the probe into the matter is completed.

(Posted on 11-02-2014)

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