15 June, 2021

Not As R-Positive

Having formed the government, Modi’s not doing Reliance’s bidding

Mayur Bhatt
Not As R-Positive

Gas Plans

  • Modi regime in search of a new energy policy. Headed for showdown with RIL on gas pricing.
  • Could overhaul entire gas pricing arrangement
  • Getting set to junk Rangarajan formula that doubles prices
  • Would like an audit of cost of production of K-G Basin fields
  • Possibility of seeking judicial review not ruled out if RIL litigates


There are two Gujaratis said to be running the country. The first is the elected prime minister of India, Narendra Modi. The second is Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries Limited, and the elder son of Dhirubhai Ambani, who was born in Junagadh, Gujarat, and is the founder of the empire. It has all along been presu­med that Mukesh, whose company has been accused of cultivating politicians to influence policy, would have an easy ride with Modi. There was a quid pro quo between the two, it was alleged in the course of the election campaign.

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