Press Esc to close
Sunday 31 July 2016
News updated at 2:12 AM IST
Weather
Max: 23.2°C
Min : 19.8°C
In Bengaluru
Generally cloudy

'Oil minister concocted story of threats'

New Delhi, Jun 14, 2013, DHNS:
File photo.

Slamming Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily for claiming to be under threat from the oil import lobby, Opposition BJP and Left parties on Friday said that the minister was concocting a story to help private firms gain from his proposal to raise natural gas prices.


CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta, the first to criticise Moily, alleged that the minister was trying to help Reliance Industries by proposing nearly double the natural gas prices for next year, and called the minister a “liar”.

“This is a loot and he is a liar if he speaks of any import pressure,” said Dasgupta, adding that only public-sector firms import oil and gas. The pressure Moily mentions must be from them, which can’t be the case.

Former petroleum minister and senior BJP leader Ram Naik said that Moily should have named the lobbies which are trying to pressure him or even his predecessors — S Jaipal Reddy, Murli Deora or Mani Shankar Aiyar.

“I had been the only petroleum minister right from 1963 who has worked for five years continuously. There was no such pressure on me, nor any effort to bring pressure.

Pressures are brought on those who succumb to it, and nobody pressurised me,” he said.
CPI leader D Raja said that Moily should speak out the truth. “Which is that lobby, which is that company threatening the petroleum ministry and him?” he asked.

However the Congress sidestepped queries on Moily’s statement, saying that only he can explain it. “He (Moily) will explain what he has said. This is for the concerned minister to explain, not for the party. Only Moily can say what the issue and its context are, and what action he has taken to isolate such lobbies,” party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed told reporters here.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A single horned rhino swims through flood waters in flood-hit Kaziranga National Park, in Assam...

A single horned rhino swims through flood waters in flood-hit Kaziranga National Park, in Assam...

Artist from Venkateshwara Natyamandira performing Bharatanatya on the occasion of KS&DL Centenary...

Artist from Venkateshwara Natyamandira performing Bharatanatya on the occasion of KS&DL Centenary...

Army personnel take position at the site of encounter where two Army soldiers and two militants ...

Army personnel take position at the site of encounter where two Army soldiers and two militants ...

An deserted and aerial view of Anand Rao circle fly over on Sheshadri road following the bandh...

An deserted and aerial view of Anand Rao circle fly over on Sheshadri road following the bandh...

A Dog is seen sitting in front of closed Shopping mall with Kannada flag displed during Karntaka...

A Dog is seen sitting in front of closed Shopping mall with Kannada flag displed during Karntaka...

An elephant moves through a waterlogged street after heavy rains in New Delhi on Friday...

An elephant moves through a waterlogged street after heavy rains in New Delhi on Friday...

People catching fish at flooded water due to heavy rain Madiwala Lake over flow...

People catching fish at flooded water due to heavy rain Madiwala Lake over flow...

Rain water flooded on the road at Anugraha Layout 2nd stage, Bilekahalli in Bengaluru...

Rain water flooded on the road at Anugraha Layout 2nd stage, Bilekahalli in Bengaluru...

Workers remove scaffolding from a replica of planet earth after repairs at Science City...

Workers remove scaffolding from a replica of planet earth after repairs at Science City...

Women unload rice grains from a boat to dry in the sunshine in flood affected village Murkata...

Women unload rice grains from a boat to dry in the sunshine in flood affected village Murkata...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523