In a major headache for the ruling BJP and PM Narendra Modi, former union minister and Congress spokesperson RPN Singh demanded Modi to respond on corruption allegations pertaining to the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd (GSPC) project.
"Modi did not say a word on Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, or the PDS scam in Chhattisgarh or mining scam of Rajasthan. Every time the excuse was there were no direct charges on the PM so why should he respond. Now, in the GSPC project, the corruption allegations are against him, so he must respond," said RPN Singh.
The allegations were first made by another former union minister and Congressman Jairam Ramesh last week. Ramesh questioned Modi's role in selection of GSPC partners, the company's overseas acquisitions that had to be ultimately surrendered as the company lacked exploration experience.
While GSPC was yet to produce even one cubic feet of natural gas, Rs 20,000 crore were borrowed from a consortium of 15 public sector banks were diverted to the project claiming discovery of 20 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the KG basin in 2005, alleged Jairam Ramesh also demanding a judicial probe in the scandal.