New Delhi, Jan 16 : Continuing its attack over the allegation that the government was favouring Adani Defence Joint Venture in a Rs 45,000 crore '75-I submarine project', the Congress on Thursday said that the 'Make in India made a platform of crony capitalism' and 'Prime Minister cannot be above accountability'.
A day after the Congress party raised allegation that the government had tweaked norms to benefit the Adani Defence JV, senior Congress leader and party spokesperson Anand Sharma said "domestic production of Defence platforms compromised by PMO's meddling and patronising Industrialist friends". In a series of tweets, he said, "the defence preparedness of India has been diluted and the Make in India made a platform of crony capitalism.
Domestic production of Defence platforms compromised by PMO's meddling and patronising Industrialist friends". "The controversy and violation of procedures in Navy's submarine project raises fundamental questions. Prime Minister cannot be above accountability", he added. AICC communication in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala also criticised the government and said ''the silence of Prime Minister and the Defence Minister in the Rs. 45000 crore submarine project is intriguing and raises further suspicion.'' "What is BJP Govt hiding? Why are Prime Minister/Defence Minister ‘mum’? Why did government violate DPP, 2016? Why was ‘Empowered Committee’ of Navy overruled? Is Govt batting for Adani Defence" the Congress spokesperson asked. "The Rs 45,000 crore submarine project 75-I, is under a cloud of suspicion owing to allegations of favouritism, crony capitalism, violations of ‘Defence Procurement Procedure, 2016’ (DPP2016) and an alleged overruling of Indian Navy and its ‘Empowered Committee’ by Modi Government", Mr Surjewala had alleged on Wednesday along with party spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill. "An ‘Empowered Committee’ of the Indian Navy was constituted and was headed by Navy’s Controller of Warship Production and Acquisition.
It had received five responses from Larsen and Toubro Limited, government-owned Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Reliance Naval and Engineering Limited, Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) and Adani Defence + Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) Joint Venture", they pointed out.(UNI)