EC asks Gujarat oil minister to disclose relations with Ambanis
His bid to take on Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal seems to have backfired on Gujarat Energy and Petroleum Minister Saurabh Patel, who has been asked by the Election Commission of India (ECI) to disclose his relationship with the Ambani family, promoters of Reliance Group.
Patel is married to the late Dhirubhai Ambani’s niece. He is said to be very close to Gujarat Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. He is also one of the contenders to take over as Gujarat chief minister if Modi went on to assume a new role at the national level.
The ECI’s directive to Patel to give details of his relation with the Ambani family and the portfolios he holds in the Gujarat government comes in the wake of Patel’s lodging a complaint with the ECI against Kejriwal.
During his four-day visit to Gujarat, Kejriwal had alleged the Modi government had included Patel in his council of ministers and allotted him portfolios of petroleum, petrochemicals, energy and industries to favour Mukesh Ambani and his company Reliance Industries.
Offended by the allegation Patel had filed a complaint with the ECI seeking action against Kejriwal for violation of model code of conduct.
“Gujarat minister Saurabh Patel had lodged complaint against Kejriwal for personal remarks against him. Based on this complaint ECI has asked Patel to furnish nature of his relation with the Ambanis and give details of portfolios he holds in Gujarat government,” an official of the Gujarat election commission said.
“Patel is yet to respond to the information sought by the ECI,” he added.
Patel is married to late Dhirubhai Ambani’s niece. He could not be reached for comments.
Patel currently holds portfolios of energy and petrochemicals, mines and minerals, cottage industries, salt industries, printing, stationary, planning, tourism, civil aviation, labour and employment. He has been holding the energy and petrochemicals portfolio in the Modi government as minister of state since December 2002.
He was elevated to the cabinet rank after the 2012 Assembly elections. Patel won assembly election Akota seat in Vadodara district. more
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(Toothpaste, brush, clothes, shoes, etc. ) - Excise tax, sale tax, VAT, service tax, education cess, etc
Kirana items- pulses , Grains and masalas - sale tax, CST, VAT, Mandi samiti taxes, etc
Property ( House) â Service Tax, Registration tax Stamp Duty, maintenance tax â House tax, property tax, water tax, sewer tax. When you go to sell you pay income tax also, tax on rent income
Fix Diposit â Tax on interest
Vehicle â Excise tax, Sale tax,(included in cost) Registration tax, Road tax, insurance including service tax
Fuel for vehicle â Petrol, Diesel, Gas etc. ( Excise, central govt. tax, state govt. tax, service tax, etc.)
Hotels / restaurant â luxury tax, Service tax, vat, sale tax etc.
Travel â Fuel surcharge, Tolltax, MCD tax, and other taxes.
(See the fun you are paying road tax and on each and every highway paying toll tax, why? you are paying water bill and Purchase drinking water separate, You are paying electric bill and hardly gets 8 hour supply, If there is something wrong you fear to go to POLICE, you are paying various tax to municipality and suffering encroachment by vendors and parking, When you will take ownership? Man itâs you who is paying for enjoyment of politicians & govt. officials)
After paying above mentioned taxes, you still give Bribe to govt. officials. Why?
Why opposition was silent?
In this election, we need our politician to be real public servant as we all (Public) are paying a handsome salary including all facilities to his entire family.
Also paying Lifetime Pension for only 5 years of service.
Karenge , Krenge, to sub kahte hai But now we want to listen/ read, PROCEDURE , HOW Political Parties WILL IMPLEMENT ? AND WHAT WILL BE ACTION PLAN?
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