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Modi used GSPC as cash cow to fund his PM ambition: Congress

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New Delhi, May 7 : The Congress party on Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of large-scale corruption in the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) during his tenure as chief minister and of using the PSU as a “cash cow” to fund his way to 7, Race Course Road. The party has demanded a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the case.

An All India Congress Committee (AICC) delegation led by Gurudas Kamat, party general secretary in-charge of Gujarat, met President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday on the issue and submitted a memorandum.

“GSPC was a profit-making Public Sector Unit till Modi took over as chief minister. He used the entity for siphoning Rs.20,000 crore and to fund his prime ministerial dreams with that,” senior Congress leader from Gujarat Shakti Sinh Gohil, who was part of the delegation.

“In 2005, being chief minister of Gujarat Modi had announced that GSPC has discovered 20 trillion cubic feet of gas reserves worth Rs.2.2 lakh crore at KG (Krishna Godavari) Basin, but the DG Hydrocarbons has categorically stated that recoverable value of the gas in that region is zero,” Gohil said, accusing Modi of lying to the country.

Ashwini Sekhri, party secretary in-charge of Gujarat, told IANS: “GSPC has taken loans from a consortium of banks to invest Rs.19,576 crore in exploration of gas, and not a penny has been returned, and nobody found any petroleum gas there.”

Sekhri insisted that the major amount of the money was used “to fund Modi’s political exercises”.

“We made an appeal to the President that a Supreme Court-monitored inquiry must be initiated into the entire episode. The truth must come out,” Sekhri added.

Gohil also accused the GSPC of awarding “dubious contracts” to a private firm, Geo Global Resources (India) Inc, in an arbitrary manner.

“It remains unexplained as to how Geo Global, which was incorporated just six days before the agreement with GSPC, had its total capital increased to Rs.10,000 crore from a mere Rs.3,200 in six days,” Gohil said.

“The company was given a 10 percent share free of cost without following any transparent procedure and contrary to established principles.”

A Comptroller and Auditor General of India report that was tabled in the Gujarat legislative assembly earlier this year said that Geo Global Resources (India) Inc was founded in Calgary city of Canada by Jean Paul Roy. The report authenticates that GSPC invested Rs.1,734.60 crore from the public exchequer on behalf of Geo Global Resources (India) Inc without recovering a single penny.

Other than Kamat, Gohil and Sekhri, Ahmad Patel, and senior MLAs from Gujarat assembly were also part of the delegation that met President Mukherjee and submitted a

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Telangana minister drops plan to vaccinate after PM Modi’s suggestion

Minister for Industry and Information Technology K.T. Rama Rao later told reporters that the decision was taken on the Prime Minister’s suggestion.

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Hyderabad, Jan 16 : Telangana Health Minister Eatala Rajender on Saturday decided not to take Covid vaccine, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to politicians to give priority to healthcare workers.

The minister was scheduled to take the vaccine at Gandhi hospital on the first day.

Following the national rollout of the programme by the Prime Minister, Rajender formally launched vaccination at the hospital but returned without taking the jab.

Minister for Industry and Information Technology K.T. Rama Rao later told reporters that the decision was taken on the Prime Minister’s suggestion.

“I am the captain of this (health) department,” Rajender had remarked while defending his decision to inoculate himself, at a news conference on Friday evening.

However, the health minister changed his mind after Modi’s suggestion. Following requests of politicians from some states, the Prime Minister advised them to wait and give preference to healthcare workers.

Public representatives are ready to take the vaccine but they will wait in view of the Prime Minister’s suggestion, said Rama Rao after inaugurating the vaccination at a centre at Tilak Nagar in Hyderabad.

A total of 4,000 healthcare workers are taking the vaccine at 139 centres across Telangana on Saturday.

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Hooda, several other Haryana Cong leaders detained during march to Raj Bhawan

Talking to the media, Hooda said that they would force the BJP-led central government to repeal the farm laws.

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Several Haryana Congress leaders, including former Chief Minister Bhupinder Sing Hooda, marched towards the Raj Bhawan on Friday to protest against the Centre’s farm laws and hike in fuel prices, but were detained by the police.

Police put up barricades to stop the protesters from moving towards the Raj Bhawan.

When Hooda and other party leaders tried to march towards the Haryana Raj Bhawan, they were detained by the police and taken to the Sector-17 police station in a bus. Talking to the media, Hooda said that they would force the BJP-led central government to repeal the farm laws.

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UP Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu detained in Lucknow

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Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu and party workers were detained while trying to march towards Raj Bhavan in Lucknow during a protest against the new farm laws.

Lallu said: “I want to say that I welcome the vaccine. I would like to thank the scientists who have developed it. It is the duty of the government to help people in times of a pandemic. When the pandemic struck, people contributed through money and other ways. Now that the vaccine is here, my primary demand is that it should be provided to people for free.

CM Yogi Adityanathji should get the vaccine first because that will help people get rid of all the misconceptions about the vaccine.”

Earlier, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said he would not take the “BJP’s vaccine”. Following criticism, he had subsequently tweeted the same day that he had “full confidence” in the ability of scientists, but would not take the BJP’s “political vaccine”.

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