Political harassment, vendetta by authorities: Congress on Tamil Nadu Minister Senthil Balaji’s arrest (Photo: Twitter/Senthil Balaji)
The Congress on Wednesday condemned the arrest of Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister V Senthil Balaji by the Enforcement Directorate, and alleged it was nothing however “political harassment and vendetta” by the Modi authorities.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Balaji underneath the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), making him the primary minister within the M Ok Stalin-led authorities to face such motion from a central company.
Balaji was arrested after an extended session of questioning, official sources mentioned, even because the 48-year-old minister was admitted to a metropolis authorities hospital after he complained of uneasiness. “Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge condemns the late-night arrest of Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister Shri V. Senthil Balaji by the ED,” the Congress mentioned in an announcement.
“This is nothing but political harassment and vendetta by the Modi government against those opposed to it. None of us in the Opposition will be intimidated by such brazen moves,” it added. “Such gross misuse of investigative agencies against political opponents has been the hallmark of the Modi government,” the assertion additional mentioned.
Party chief Amitabh Dubey mentioned, “This is part of a long-standing pattern of the Modi government which is to misuse state agencies like ED, CBI and others to harass political opponents, put them under pressure and ensure that there is no level-playing field in Indian politics.”
Dubey mentioned figures clearly present that ED and CBI motion towards opposition leaders through the UPA was round 55-60 per cent, whereas that through the Modi authorities is round 95 per cent.
Congress chief Vineet Punia mentioned the Modi authorities’s insurance policies proper from the start have seen a set sample to raid, defame, hassle, file instances after which disqualify.
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“What is happening in Tamil Nadu is a pattern adopted across the country. These agencies are misused and they stand discredited as all their actions are aimed at the opposition, including the Congress, and such people who are disliked by the government and who are capable of condemning any wrongdoing of the government,” he mentioned.
Punia requested why no motion was taken on these towards whom the ED had initiated proceedings earlier than they obtained “washed in the BJP’s washing machine” by becoming a member of the occasion. The total nation is watching this sample, he mentioned. “Modiji, India has had a great tradition that we have never seen politics in such cases, it may have happened in our neighbouring country,” the Congress chief mentioned.