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Torrent, Adani partners in free coal mine: Aam Aadmi Party

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Aam admi PartyThe new political outfit, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)  alleged that the Torrent power company was given a free coal mine by the Gujarat government to supply electricity at low rates. The party claimed that documents in their possession reveal that the Gujarat government had given 50% of the Naini coal block in Odisha to Adani Group and 50% to Torrent to supply power at low rates. Dinesh Vaghela and Mayank Gandhi, members of the national executive committee of AAP, also announced at the party's first press conference in the state, the formation of the Gujarat chapter of the party.

It was during the media briefing that Vaghela showed journalists a document signed by chief minister Narendra Modi. The document states that the state-owned GMDC may, when it is allotted a coal block, give 50% each of the block to Adani and Torrent.

"The Gujarat government allotted this coal block to both the companies to generate power at Rs2.35 per unit. However, the two companies got the coal block but are generating power at Rs5.50 per unit. We have got proof that both the companies, Adani and Torrent, were allotted coal blocks," claimed Gandhi.

According to Vaghela, Adani had allegedly tried to fool the people by saying that they hadn't received any coal from the GMDC. "But we have a letter of allotment of coal by the GMDC, approved by Narendra Modi, for 1000 MW power generation. It appears that they have taken free coal without giving power at the rate of Rs2.35 per unit as they had contracted with the Modi government. Instead, they have been supplying electricity at the rate of Rs5.50 per unit," he said.

Vaghela and Gandhi raised new questions about the alleged GSPC scam exposed by AAP in New Delhi earlier. "The GSPC-Geo Global Resources scam is bigger than 2G and Coalgate. Though GSPC has terminated its contract with GeoGlobal Resources (GGR), it has already spent Rs15,000 crore on this block. Being 10% stake holder, GGR should have spent Rs1,500 crore which, in fact, was paid by the GSPC on behalf of GGR," alleged Vaghela.

He also wanted to know how the Modi government was going to recover this money from Jean Paul Roy of GeoGlobal. "Since the termination of this contract has not been approved by the Union government, can GeoGlobal stake a claim to a share of the gas when it is actually produced from the KG basin gas field? Does the central government also want this loot to continue after all this exposure?" asked Vaghela.

AAP, which believes that both the BJP and the Congress are corrupt, also announced a charter of demands for whichever party wins the assembly elections in Gujarat.

"We formed the party too late to contest the Gujarat assembly elections. But on behalf of 'aam aadmi', we have issued a charter of demands for whichever party forms government in Gujarat. The winning party will have to fulfill its commitments made in its manifesto and at public meetings. If it fails, we will protest and launch an agitation against it," said Vaghela.

"We will keep track of each and every promise made by the political party. We will also maintain records of progress on the commitments," said Gandhi.

Of the total 350 members of AAP, 11 are from Gujarat, said Vaghela. "We have to strengthen the AAP in Gujarat. We will appoint people in every district and taluka of the state. We could not contest the assembly elections but we will start working for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls," he said.

Source- DNA


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