Anil Ambani's Reliance Group has hit back at Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for accusing the industrialist of being a "crony capitalist and dishonest businessman".
In a statement released by the Anil Ambani Reliance Group also pointed out that the conglomerate received projects worth Rs. 1 lakh crore when the Congress-led UPA was in power for 10 years. Reliance Group also challenged Rahul Gandhi to clarify whether Congress-led UPA government supported the same Anil Ambani, who was called as crony capitalist by Rahul Gandhi. "The Reliance Group takes this opportunity to request Rahul Gandhi to clarify whether his government, for 10 long years, was supporting an alleged crony capitalist and dishonest businessman, to use Mr Gandhi's own words," the statement said.
"Congress party president Rahul Gandhi, in his typical cavalier fashion has continued his campaign of calumny, disinformation, distortion and malicious lies... he singled out our group chairman Anil D Ambani as allegedly a crony capitalist and dishonest businessman - all obviously patently untrue statements," Reliance Group statement was quoted by the news agency IANS as saying.
"As is by now, customary for all of Rahul Gandhi's public statements, he has attributed no basis to these claims whatsoever, and neither has he provided any credible evidence at all to justify his derogatory and defamatory campaign."
"We would like to remind Rahul Gandhi, that it was during the 10 year Congress-led UPA regime between 2004 and 2014 that Anil Ambani-led Reliance Group was awarded projects of over Rs. 1,00,000 crore across diverse key nation-building infrastructure sectors such as power, telecom, roads, metro by a government led by none other than Rahul Gandhi's own political party - the Congress," the Reliance Group statement said.
"We at Reliance Group have chosen to ignore Rahul Gandhi's comments with continuing patience and restraint. We likewise dismiss his latest remark as yet another one of his multiple untruthful utterances, in the heat and dust of his electoral campaign, for which he has recently been facing contempt proceedings in the highest court of the land, the Hon'ble Supreme Court," the statement said.