Adani given no favour, oppn is being hypocritical, says Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday dismissed charges of the government favouring the Adani Group, arguing that everything was awarded through open tender. She went on to accuse the opposition of hypocrisy by pointing out that their governments in states have handed over land to the same conglomerate to build ports and other projects.
“Which are the governments that have called this party and given land, given ports?
Not BJP governments.

How come you suddenly forget that?Would they then please now give back and say no we made a wrong decision?
We have not given anything. Let me be absolutely clear, any project under Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi goes through the open tender process (of) global tendering,” she said in an interview to Times Now.

Adani Group has got projects across Rajasthan, Kerala, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh. Some of the projects in now BJP-governed states were awarded to the group when they had non-saffron regimes.

The FM also accused the Opposition of avoiding a discussion by stalling Parliament. “The session is going on. At the time of the session, instead of sitting in the House, they are shouting, holding placards in front of the Gandhi statue, giving wrong statements outside, why?
Come inside and discuss. I am not talking only about this incident. Please take out the record and see. Whenever there is a serious discussion, who are the ones who disrupt it? Opposition. So, there is no point of saying that we are the ones who are running away,” she said amid charges by the opposition that the government is avoiding a debate on the controversy surrounding the conglomerate.

Besides, Sitharaman said that regulators should always be on their toes and act in time to keep the market stable.

Adani-Hindenburg row: Regulators should always be on their toes, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Adani-Hindenburg row: Regulators should always be on their toes, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman

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