PM Modi should speak on Adani issue: Congress

New Delhi(| The Congress on Wednesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should break his silence over the Adani issue and his government should accept the demand of the Opposition for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe on the same. Several Opposition parties including Congress have been demanding a JPC into the Hindenburg Research report over Adani Group. The report alleged that Adani Group had engaged in stock manipulation and accounting fraud schemes over the course of decades. “PM Modi should break his silence over the Adani issue. His government should accept the demand of the Opposition for a JPC probe into the matter,” Congress General Secretary in-charge of Communications Jairam Ramesh said at a press conference at the party headquarters here.
In an apparent reference to the ruling dispensation, the Congress MP said, “Since few days, it has been said that if the Opposition withdraws the demand for JPC, then BJP will withdraw the demand for apology from Rahul Gandhi. This is unacceptable to us. There is no relation between these two things. We are not ready to negotiate.” The BJP has been demanding an apology from Congress MP from Wayanad Rahul Gandhi over his recent remarks on ‘democracy’ in the UK. “A scam has taken place, but the BJP is talking about an apology. They are lying and their allegation is baseless,” he said referring to the Adani issue.
The MP further said, “Rahul Gandhi ji has requested Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to allow him to speak under Rule 257 in the House. It is his democratic right to speak in the House.” He added, “The committee of experts appointed by the Supreme Court is Adani-centric. It will ask questions to Adani. But, we are not questioning Adani, we are questioning the PM and his government. Our questions can be raised only in the JPC.’’ (UNI)