The ongoing corporate duel between the Ambani brothers on natural gas rights rocked the Lok Sabha on Wednesday with Samajwadi Party MPs forcing three adjournments. A day after Anil Ambani dared the Petroleum Ministry to take back the ownership of gas fields from his company, Reliance Natural Resources Limited (RNRL), MPs led by SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav blamed the government for its failure in ensuring supply of gas for RNRLs Dadri Power project in Uttar Pradesh.
Anil, the younger Ambani is said to close to Mulayam, courtesy close aide Amar Singh.
Ambani, in an all out attack on the oil ministry, had told his shareholders on Tuesday that it was evident that the apparently biased stance of the ministry commenced in 2006, coinciding with its change of guard.
In what could be seen as an apparent open advocacy for a corporate house, Mulayam raised the controversial matter, which is pending in the Supreme Court, as soon as House proceedings began at 11 am.
Under the veil of UP becoming power starved due to the governments failure to ensure supply of gas to the Dadri project, SP members demanded the resignation of Petroleum Minister Murli Deora.
SP members allowed question hour to continue only after a lot of persuasion from Speaker Meira Kumar. During zero hour, SP members again demanded a discussion on the issue, to which the Speaker did not yield.
Mulayam refused to give up the matter even when told that the zero hour had been allotted for a debate on the issue of price rise.