Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani, in an exclusive interview to The Economic Times, addressed a host of issues, including allegations of crony capitalism between corporates and the ruling BJP.
Adani, whose group reportedly got a Rs 200-crore fine waived off, denied allegations that he was a favourite of the BJP saying it’s in his group’s DNA that they don’t seek special favours from any party or individual.
Here are some of the key highlights from Gautam Adani’s interview with The Economic Times.
On reports that the NDA government has waived of the Rs 200 crore fine, Adani said the government has clarified.“They haven’t said the fine was dropped,” Adani said, adding that while the present government was not favouring Adani could they do something illegal? Adani also clarified on former environment minister Jairam Ramesh’s reported remarks that forest land area has been given to Adani for mining in Chhattisgarh. Adani clarified that the mine was not owned by his group and that the owner was the Rajasthan government. Adani told ET that the group was chosen as a mine contractor after a bidding process.
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When asked by ET whether there were misapprehensions about him and his group within the Congress, Adani said he didn’t quite think they were misconceptions but that it was being done deliberately. “It’s politics,” he said.
On being asked if it was Congress strategy to use him to create a narrative about a Modi-Adani nexus, Adani told ET that the people rejected that argument in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, adding that whether it was the BJP or the Congress, no political party should drag corporates into politics when they do not indulge in it.
In his interview with ET, Adani also clarified on allegations that he received special favours from the ruling BJP for providing then PM candidate Narendra Modi with his groups aircraft during the 2014 election campaign.
Adani said his group, which owns four aircraft, was running non-scheduled flight operations, adding that during that period, only his group owned aircraft in Ahmedabad. Adani told ET that the state government charters his aircraft on a commercial basis and that there was nothing wrong with doing so.
Read the entire interview on economictimes.com