Bhubaneswar: The Orissa government on Saturday
expressed its commitment to the proposed Rs 24,000 crore
Vedanta University project, denying allegation of having an
"unholy nexus" with the Anil Agarwal Foundation (AAF).
"The state government has never violated any rule to
favour the varsity project," Industries minister Raghunath
Mohanty told the assembly on behalf of the Higher Education
minister D P Mishra while replying to an adjournment motion.
Describing the AAF`s project as an opportunity for the
state, the minister said that the Karnataka government was
still interested to get it.
The varsity would provide employment to 10,000
teachers and educate 1 lakh students from the country and
abroad, Mohanty said.
He rejected Congress chief whip Prasad Harichandan`s
allegation that the government had violated the Orissa Land
Acquisition Act by issuing notification on acquiring land for
the private limited company`s project.
Harichandan alleged that the government had also
violated the Companies Act, Sri Jagannath Temple Act and UGC
Act to favour the AAF by giving 6,000 acre to set up the
Not satisfied with the minister`s reply, Congress
legislators staged a walkout.