Published October 31, 2012 | 2:07 pm
New Delhi: The Congress Wednesday rubbished the charges levelled by India Against Corruption member Arvind Kejriwal that Jaipal Reddy was removed from the petroleum and natural gas ministry at the behest of industrialist Mukesh Ambani.
“His charges are not worth a comment from any political party,” Congress spokesperson P.C. Chacko told IANS.
Reddy refused to comment. “Ask me questions on my new charge science and technology,” he told reporters.
Congress general secretary B.K. Hari Prasad said Kejriwal’s “charges were baseless”.
Former petroleum and natural gas minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said while it was okay for a company to make a demand, the government had not decided on it.
“The government is discussing it,” Aiyar told reporters.
Kejriwal told reporters at a press conference here that Reddy was removed as petroleum and natural gas minister for refusing a proposal of Mukesh Ambani-led RIL to hike the charges of the gas it was supplying to the state-owned power plants.
He demanded that the allotment of the Krishna Godavari basin to the company be cancelled.