Adani-Hindenburg issue: Opposition demands Joint Parliamentary Committee-monitored probe
New Delhi, February 2: Opposition leaders on Thursday demanded a discussion on the Hindenburg report against Gautam Adani Enterprises while also seeking the constitution of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into the alleged aberrations.
The like-minded Opposition parties held a meeting before the commencement of the day's Session of Parliament to discuss a strategy for the day. Several Opposition MPs have given suspension of business notices to the respective Houses of Parliament on the issue. However, both Houses were adjourned soon after the session began till 2 pm.
Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh alleged that Gautam Adani's "mountain of lies and fraud" is crumbling like a pack of cards. "Adani's mountain of lies and fraud is crumbling like a pack of cards. Crores of investors in the country are worried. Those who have invested in LIC, SBI because both of them have given loans worth crores of rupees," he said.
The AAP MP demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the issue.
"The Prime Minister should come forward and address the issue. The Finance Minister should tell what are the RBI, ED, and CBI doing. Why is the government silent on such huge corruption? FPO is just the beginning, the mountain of lies will fall," he said.
The AAP MP said he had written to PM Modi to confiscate Gautam Adani's passport. "I have written to PM Modi, CBI and ED to confiscate Adani's passport, otherwise if he flees the country like other businessmen, what would the crores of people do?" he said.
Shiv Sena (Uddhav Thackeray faction) MP Sanjay Raut said Opposition parties would raise the issue of the Hindenburg report and Adani Stock crash in both Houses of Parliament.
Congress MP Manoj Tewari demanded a probe by a Joint Parliamentary Committee.
"We demand an investigation by the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the issue. We will raise the demand inside the Parliament. If the government doesn't accept our demand, we will take appropriate steps. We'll demand that a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) should be constituted to go into the alleged aberrations. The question is not only about one promoter but about the efficacy of the entire regulatory system," Tewari said.
Earlier, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi appealed to the Opposition to run the House smoothly.
"We have to run the House smoothly. A good budget has been presented under the guidance of PM Modi. If they have constructive suggestions about the President's Address, they should give. I urge them to run the House smoothly and put forth their arguments," he said.
The leaders who gave the notice in their respective Houses include Leader of opposition Mallikarjun Kharge, CPI(M) leader in Rajya Sabha MP Elamaram Kareem, Shiv Sena MP (Uddhav Thackeray faction) Priyanka Chaturvedi, CPI Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswam, Bharat Rashtra Samithi Lok Sabha MP Nama Nageswara Rao, BRS Rajya Sabha MP K Keshava Rao, Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh among others.
The first part of the session will conclude on February 13. Parliament will reconvene on March 12 for the second part of the Budget Session, which will conclude on April 6.