Hyderabad, May 27: Congress spokesperson and MP M V Rajeev Gowda today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should answer the questions raised by the party on the Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) issue.
"Narendra Modi, the then Gujarat Chief Minister, used to say that GSPC has discovered the largest gas reserve in KG Basin...There is no gas and oil...and what has happened is Rs 20,000 crore of government money has gone....We are now aggressively pursuing the scandal," Gowda claimed here.
"The prospect of finding gas was scaled down dramatically over the years, but at the same time more and more money was spent. Ultimately, now banks are left holding the burden of these loans to GSPC," he said, adding that CAG report had shown there had been "massive mis-allocation" of government resources.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had said the issue pertained to a state government and can not be discussed in Parliament, "but there is a major scandal and when the man (Modi) who was the chief minister is now in Parliament...he has to answer about what happened," Gowda said.
"Mantri Pradhan (Dharmendra Pradhan) cannot answer the big questions we have on the GSPC scam and answers will have to come from Pradhan Mantri (Narendra Modi)," he said.
"We are going after this and once the details come out the Prime Minister will have a lot of questions to answer," Gowda claimed.
On the completion of two years by the Modi government today, Gowda said, "People voted for Narendra Modi and BJP falling for all kinds of promises they had made about better governance, rapid economic growth, development. But the two years that we have lived through have been dull and dismal and people have been left wondering what happened to those glorious speeches and glorious promises and why has Modi Sarkar not been able to deliver."