Saturday, April 13, 2024

‘Hum Adani ke hain kaun’: Congress’s three questions to PM Narendra Modi

Darting three questions to the Narendra Modi government amid the Adani crisis, the Congress said, “You and your government cannot hide from — saying Hum Adani ke Hain Kaun.”

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, in charge of the party’s communications department, asked how the Adani Group escaped scrutiny.

Tweeting a statement, Ramesh wrote: “The eloquent silence of the PM on the Adani MahaMegaScam has forced us to start a series, HAHK – Hum Adani ke Hain Kaun (How are we related to Adani). We will be posing three questions to the PM daily beginning today. Here are the first three. Chuppi Todiye Pradhan Mantriji (Break the silence, Prime Minister).”

Ramesh asked why no central agency has not yet investigated the allegations against the Adani Group when Vinod Adani, the brother of Gautam Adan, was named in the Panama Papers and the Pandora Papers as someone who operates offshore entities in the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands.

“What does the fact that a business entity you are well acquainted with faces serious allegations tell us about the quality and sincerity of your investigations?” he asked.

“Over the years, you have misused agencies like the Enforcement Directorate, Central Bureau of Investigation, and the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence to intimidate your political opponents and to punish business houses that do not fall in line with your cronies’ financial interests … What action has been taken, if ever, to investigate the serious allegations over the years against the Adani group,” read the second question.

The third question is: “How is it possible that one of India’s largest business groups, one that has been allowed to build monopolies in airports and seaports, could have escaped serious scrutiny for so long despite persistent allegations? Other business groups have been harassed and raided for much less. Was the Adani Group essential to a dispensation that has profitted from ‘anti-corruption’ rhetoric all these years?”

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