Jet-Etihad stake sale under examination: PMO
New Delhi: Amid controversy over the Jet Airways-Etihad deal, the Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday said the stake sale matter was still under examination and the issues raised have been referred to various concerned ministries.
It also asserted there were no differences within the government over the air services agreement between India and Abu Dhabi. The PMO's clarification came amid objections to the deal, first raised by a Parliamentary Standing Committee headed by CPI(M) MP Sitaram Yechury, and then by senior MPs, Jaswant Singh and Dinesh Trivedi, and Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy, who shot off letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Responding to reports over the India-UAE (Abu Dhabi) Bilateral Air Services Agreement and the Jet Airways-Etihad equity proposal, the PMO said they are "factually incorrect and baseless."
Referring to the bilateral agreement, it said "there is absolutely no disagreement within the government or between the Ministers and the Prime Minister on the matter. The Prime Minister is neither washing his hands off the Bilateral Air Services Agreement nor is the Prime Minister's Office trying to do a U-turn on the issue now."
Reacting on the rumours that Congress may name Unique Identification Authority of India Chairman, Nandan Nilekani as its candidate for Prime Minister, JD(U) Leader Shivanand Tiwari said the move could be suicidal for the party.
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