Press Esc to close

'Oil minister concocted story of threats'

New Delhi, Jun 14, 2013, DHNS: 0:24 IST
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
Afternoon light fades behind the warmly lit royal crematorium and funeral complex for the late...

Afternoon light fades behind the warmly lit royal crematorium and funeral complex for the late...

In this image from video made available by NASA, astronaut Joe Acaba performs a spacewalk outside...

In this image from video made available by NASA, astronaut Joe Acaba performs a spacewalk outside...

Bollywood actor Salman Khan along with his father Salim Khan, brother Arbaz Khan are seen as...

Bollywood actor Salman Khan along with his father Salim Khan, brother Arbaz Khan are seen as...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offering prayers at Kedarnath in Uttarakhand on Friday...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offering prayers at Kedarnath in Uttarakhand on Friday...

Women constables of Border Security Force (BSF) light candles along the border fence to celebrate...

Women constables of Border Security Force (BSF) light candles along the border fence to celebrate...

Nihang or Sikh religious warriors display their skills as they ride on a pair of horses during...

Nihang or Sikh religious warriors display their skills as they ride on a pair of horses during...

India's cricket team captain Virat Kohli with teammates during a practice session ahead of their...

India's cricket team captain Virat Kohli with teammates during a practice session ahead of their...

Wrestlers in action during a wrestling competition in Mirzapur on the occasion of Govardhan...

Wrestlers in action during a wrestling competition in Mirzapur on the occasion of Govardhan...

People watch cracker druing Diwali festival in Kolkata on Thursday evening...

People watch cracker druing Diwali festival in Kolkata on Thursday evening...

First lady Melania Trump donates her inaugural gown, designed by Herve Pierre, to the First...

First lady Melania Trump donates her inaugural gown, designed by Herve Pierre, to the First...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.