FM highlights 'curious case' of Vizhinjam Port, attacks Rahul Gandhi, Congress

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Bengaluru: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday sought to know why Congress leader Rahul Gandhi did not raise a voice against the "undue favour" to Adani by the Kerala government and a solar power project to the company in Rajasthan.

"It was the (then) Congress government (in Kerala), which gave on a platter Vizhinjam Port to Adani. It was not given on the basis of any tender. Now this is not this (Congress) government, but the CPM government. But, what stopped him from asking and demanding that Kerala cancel that order?" Sitharaman asked.

She was responding to questions at a press conference at the State BJP office here.

The "entire solar power project" has been given to Adani in (Congress-ruled) Rajasthan. "What stops Rahul Gandhi?"

Noting that Adani got projects in Chhattisgarh also, she said crony capitalism was happening in Congress governments.

“I challenged him (Rahul Gandhi) to tear the orders and cancel those orders. Why doesn't he tear off that Rajasthan agreement with Adani saying ‘no solar power here. No way, you are Modi-Adani Bhai Bhai. We don't want ‘Modi Adani Bhai Bhai' in Rajasthan,” the Finance Minister said.

"If there is any crony capitalism is happening, it is happening in Congress-led governments and Rahul Gandhi did not speak a word about it", she alleged.

Sitharaman also recalled that Gandhi had to give written apologies twice.

“In 2019, while making allegations during Rafale aircraft procurement, you were giving such statements against the Prime Minister, that you had to seek an apology in the Supreme Court,” the Minister pointed out.

“Today he is saying ‘I am Gandhi, not Savarkar' . Does he remember the two apologies he gave earlier?” she asked.

With PTI inputs

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