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As Adani becomes largest airport infra company, Congress smells crony capitalism

AAHL will also control 33 per cent of India's air cargo traffic

mumbai-airport-adani-group Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport | Adani Group

Adani Airport Holdings Ltd (AAHL), a subsidiary of Adani Enterprises Ltd, on Tuesday announced it had taken over management of Mumbai International Airport.

AAHL announced that the move had officially made it India's largest airport infrastructure company, accounting for 25 per cent airport footfalls. AAHL will also control 33 per cent of India's air cargo traffic.

The Adani group had won the rights to operate six airports owned by the Airports Authority of India in late 2018.

But the milestone has not impressed the Congress. The Congress has consistently alleged the Narendra Modi government had abetted the growth of Adani’s businesses since it came to power.

Congress MP Manickam Tagore alleged Prime Minister Modi had bent rules to allow the rise of Adani as an airport operator. Tagore tweeted, "Narender sahib helps & bends rules and systems to make Adani Biggest airport operator?"

Amitabh Dubey, the president of the Delhi unit of All India Professionals' Congress, alleged the rise of Adani as an airport operator was a "textbook case of crony capitalism".

In a tweet, he cited the plight of GVK, which had been operating the Mumbai Airport. Providing a timeline, Dubey alleged GVK sold Mumbai Airport to Adani a month after the CBI and ED raided GVK offices in July 2020.

B. Srivatsa, a Congress leader from Karnataka, tweeted, "Modi changed rules to allow new entrants with no prior experience to run Airports Modi went against experts & allowed monopoly by giving all 6 airports: A'bad, Lucknow, Mangaluru, Jaipur, Guwahati & T'puram to Adani They should teach 'ADANI CRONY CAPITALISM BY MODI' in IIMs."

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