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Rahul Gandhi questions Adani’s spectacular growth and questions connections to the PM in the Lok Sabha.

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By Chandra Kanta Dalai

The treasury benches responded angrily to Rahul Gandhi’s accusations, with Law Minister Kiren Rijiju urging him to stop making “wild allegations” and provide evidence instead.Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the opposition Congress party, poked fun at the Narendra Modi-led BJP government by questioning the meteoric rise of Gautam Adani, the billionaire businessman, and asking whether any “miracle” had occurred in his favour to elevate him from 609th place in 2014 to second place in 2022 on the list of the world’s richest people.

Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi connected Adani’s ascent to the 2014 election of the Modi administration when speaking in Lok Sabha during the President’s speech in appreciation of the Motion of Thanks.

The link between Modi and Adani is a topic of interest. Rules were broken in Adani’s favour. One name has been heard everywhere: Adani. We have heard it from Tamil Nadu to Kerala to Himachal Pradesh. All around the nation, all you hear is “Adani,” “Adani,” and “Adani.” Rahul Gandhi recalled: “People used to ask me whether Adani joins any industry and succeeds.

A US-based short-selling company called Hindenburg Research has accused The Adani Group of fraud and stock manipulation, which has resulted in a stock market collapse. However, the organisation has denied the accusations.

BJP MPs objected as Rahul Gandhi continued to talk against Adani, and Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju urged him to stop making “wild charges” and provide evidence instead. Rahul Gandhi was afterwards admonished by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to concentrate on the President’s speech and was told not to show a photo of PM Modi and Adani on the business tycoon’s jet to emphasise their supposed closeness.

Gandhi questioned how Adani’s wealth grown from USD 8 billion to USD 140 billion between 2014 and 2022 during his address. “Youth questioned us how Adani’s net worth increased from USD 8 billion to USD 140 billion between 2014 and 2022,” he added. “Adani is presently in 8–10 industries.

The Congress member of parliament asserted that Modi and Adani’s friendship dates back to the time when Modi was Gujarat’s chief minister. one individual stood side by side with PM Modi; he was devoted to the PM and assisted Mr. Modi in developing the concept of a resurgent Gujarat. When PM Modi arrived in Delhi in 2014, the real magic started, he claimed.

How frequently did you travel (to a foreign country) with Adaniji? How many times did Adaniji accompany you on your later international travel? How many times did he contact you following your arrival in a foreign country? How frequently has Adaniji won a contract following your visit in a different country? Rahul Gandhi asked Modi a question.

Rahul Gandhi further claimed that the Center had changed the regulations in Adani’s advantage, claiming that before, individuals without prior expertise in airport building were excluded. “This regulation was modified, and Adani was allocated six airports,” Rahul Gandhi remarked. After that, the government of India gave Adani control of Mumbai Airport, which had been stolen from GVK by the CBI and ED.

Rahul Gandhi further pointed out that while people discussed unemployment, inflation, and other concerns during his just completed Bharat Jodo Yatra, he said that the President’s address failed to mention “berozgaari.

Rahul Gandhi also criticised the government over the “Agnipath” programme, alleging that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Ministry of Home Affairs forced it on the Army. Rahul Gandhi stated, “On Agniveers, top commanders informed us that it appears that the notion appeared to have originated with the RSS and was pushed on the Army. They said that after receiving firearms training for thousands of people, they would soon become civilians amid a high unemployment rate. The police informed me that this plan is the brainchild of Ajit Doval.

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