Ahmedabad, Apr 28 UNI | 3 months ago

Hitting back at Congress for accusing the Narendra Modi government of favouring the Adani Group, BJP today said while the group was given barren waste land, in Robert Vadra's land deals, benefit was provided to only one person.

"Adani Group took barren waste land to set up industry there. Thousands of jobs were generated.

"The port (developed by the Adani Group in Gujarat) is one of the best ports in the world," BJP national spokesperson Meenaskhi Lekhi told a news conference here.

She said the Gujarat government gave land to the Adani Group at Rs 60,000 per acre and the land was also provided to the Central government for power project and two three other industrialists.

"Whereas Damadshri (referring to Mr Vadra), did not spend even a single paisa from his pocket. There was no benefit to the country or people (through his land deals). Benefit was provided only to one person," Ms Lekhi said.

Ms Lekhi said Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi have accountability to answer why 'big heart' was shown only for the family person.

Taking a dig at BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had said "a 56-inch chest was not needed to run the country but a big heart was needed".

Ms Lekhi said Congress has no right to speak on the issue of morality.

On Union Minister Kapil Sibal, who in a press conference of the city raised the 2004 Ishrat Jahan encounter case, the BJP spokesperson said Congress was raising 'old false issues in different format'.

She said according to the data of the National Human Rights Commission, out of total 852 encounters that took place in the country from 2008, only 12 took place in Gujarat and the BJP-ruled state was at the 17th place in the number of encounters.

She said the highest number of encounters took place in Uttar Pradesh and then Manipur and Assam, where Congress was in power.

Attacking Mr Sibal, the BJP spokesperson said, "When this zero loss genius person was Union HRD Minister, there were such persons in the NCERT, who had zero experience of teaching."

Mr Sibal has given zero loss theory on 2G spectrum allocation, she alleged.

Slamming Union Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah for his comments on Mr Modi, the BJP spokesperson said 'secular' word has not been added in the constitution of Jammu and Kashmir yet, whereas the word was added in the Indian constitution way back in 1976.

"He should seek retirement for the sake of his family," she commented.

The National Conference leader allegedly had said that those who vote for Mr Modi, should drown in the sea.

(Posted on 28-04-2014)