SP demands Deora's resignation over Ambani gas dispute

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New Delhi, July 29 (ANI): The dispute over gas distribution between the Ambani brothers echoed in Parliament with Samajwadi Party (SP) members led by party president Mulayam Singh Yadav, demanding Petroleum Minister Murli Deora's resignation over the Centre's failure to ensure gas supply to the Dadri Power project in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

Though neither Yadav nor the SP members named the Ambani brother, the reference to the Dadri project and demand for Deora's resignation suggested the obvious.

Yadav alleged that the Centre had committed an injustice to Uttar Pradesh by denying gas to the Dadri Power plant and this in turn could cost the national exchequer Rs 30,000 crore.

Strongly criticizing Deora, Yadav demanded a statement from the government on the issue.

Though Yadav wanted to raise the issue after Question Hour too, Speaker Meira Kumar disallowed his request. Reoti Raman Singh and Shailendra Kumar also demanded Deora's resignation.

The Anil Ambani owned Reliance Natural Resources Limited (RNRL) has taken up Dadri project.

On Tuesday Anil Ambani had flayed the Petroleum Ministry for colluding with his elder brother Mukesh's Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) in blocking gas supply for its power projects despite a firm commitment, upheld thrice by the Bombay High Court.

On Tuesday, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee had a meeting with Deora and Law Minister Veerappa Moily on the issue. (ANI)

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