Oil scam: Arvind Kejriwal lays blame on Cong, BJP

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New Delhi, Dec 4: Nine days before the first phase of the Assembly elections in Gujarat, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has waded into the heated political discourse by levelling allegations against the BJP and Congress. Addressing a press conference here today, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said both the parties had unduly favoured a company that had little experience in oil and gas exploration.

The reference was to GeoGlobal Resources that was given 10 per cent participating stake in the Krishna-Godavari basin by the Gujarat government nearly a decade ago.

The Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) caused a huge loss to the exchequer by handing over the stake to GeoGlobal and another firm namely Jubilant Enpro Pvt. Ltd, Kejriwal noted.

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"In Aug 2002, two companies bid with government for the KG Basin and gas well worth Rs 20,000 crore was given to two companies for free. What was the selection process for these two companies?" he asked.

Kejriwal pointed out that GeoGlobal and Jubilant did not participate in the bidding process, yet they got the oil wells. "Jean Paul Roy is the owner of GeoGlobal. We demand an investigation into his role. This scam is bigger than the 2G scam," Kejriwal said.

He also slammed the Congress-led UPA government for allotting "10 per cent gas wells to GeoGlobal. Bikaner gas wells were also given to GeoGlobal."

Kejriwal said that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had written to the Centre in 2010, demanding immediate cancellation of the contract signed with GeoGlobal. "The letter is lying with the Centre for the last two years," he rued.

Though Union Minister Manish Tewari yesterday hit out at the BJP government in Gujarat for favouring GeoGlobal, Kejriwal today wanted to know "Why didn't the Congress raise the issue for the last nine years?"

Incidentally, the state government described Tewari's charges as "one more Congress lie to defame Gujarat". Government spokespersons cited GSPC's letter, sent in Aug 2010, on GeoGlobal having no stake in the KG gas block since the contract has already been cancelled.

"Commercial gas has not been produced so far at all in KG-OSN-2001/3 gas block and thus GeoGlobal has not been paid even a single pie of profit," the spokespersons added.

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