Baalu controversy continues to agitate MPs

April 25th, 2008 - 4:31 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The uproar over Shipping and Surface Transport Minister T.R. Baalu’s moves to expedite gas allocation to companies owned by his sons continued in both houses of parliament Friday. In the Rajya Sabha, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) forced an adjournment while in the Lok Sabha MPs demanded an inquiry into allegations that Baalu had misused his ministerial position to favour his sons’ companies.

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha, V.K. Malhotra, deputy leader of the BJP in the house, said the government must conduct an investigation.

Janata Dal-United (JD-U) MP Prabhunath Singh agreed and said: “This (allegation against Baalu) is a major scam and must be investigated.”

Baalu admitted in parliament two days ago that he had put in a word to the petroleum minister and also pushed the Prime Minister’s Office to expedite gas allocation to Kings Chemical and Kings High Power - companies owned by his two sons.

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