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Snub to Adani Group? Bengal government ‘dissolves’ Tajpur port project agreement

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The West Bengal government has decided to “dissolve” the letter of intent (LoI) that was handed over to Adani Ports last year to develop the Tajpur deep sea port,

On Tuesday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made a surprise announcement at the Bengal Global Business Summit, stating that her government will soon reopen the tender process seeking fresh bids for the Rs 25,000-crore Tajpur deep sea port project.

“The proposed deep sea port at Tajpur is ready. You can all participate in the tender. It will attract an investment of about Rs 25,000 crore,” Banerjee said, fuelling speculations about the fate of the project that the Adani group had intended to develop last year.

The LoI was handed over to Adani Ports CEO Karan Adani by Banerjee in Kolkata in October last year. This was done two months after industrialist Gautam Adani attended the Bengal Global Business Summit 2022 and announced investments worth Rs 10,000 crore.

This year, however, there was no representation from the Adani Group at the West Bengal government’s showpiece business event.

The state government’s decision to “dissolve” the LoI came against the backdrop of the ongoing cash-for-query controversy involving Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra.

BJP MP Nishikant Dubey had forwarded a complaint against Moitra by lawyer Jai Anant Dehadrai to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, accusing her of taking bribes for asking questions in Parliament at the behest of businessman Darshan Hiranandani to target the Adani Group and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Moitra has vehemently refuted the allegation and is currently facing recommendations for expulsion from Lok Sabha after the Ethics Committee submitted a report when it took up the cash-for-query case.

source by: India Today News

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