“Not Vindictive Politics” FM Nirmala Sitharaman on Chattisgarh ED raid. 

Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, stated on February 20, at a media occasion in Jaipur that there was no revenge politics within the raids carried out in Chhattisgarh. The minister instructed reporters that the Congress doesn’t care about India’s progress. She did, nonetheless, categorical concern for the household and the dynasty. Congress had additionally accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities of retaliatory politics. 

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The Finance Minister additionally acknowledged that Congress has no proper to talk on the difficulty of corruption as a result of they’ve misplaced their energy over it. She additionally acknowledged that the investigation company ought to do their “homework” and proceed solely after receiving the required materials.

The Enforcement Directorate carried out searches at practically a dozen places in Chhattisgarh on Monday, together with the houses of Congress MLAs, as part of its ongoing cash laundering enquiry into the coal levy case. 

The ED claims that the income had been diverted to occasion funds and different people and that the funds had been used within the Khairagarh by-polls. 

In accordance with ED sources, the state Congress treasurer was being searched as a result of he acquired cash on the occasion workplace. 

In the meantime, in response to the raids, CM Baghel took to Twitter, saying, “The BJP is dissatisfied with the success of the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ and the publicity of the reality about Adani. This raid is an try to divert consideration away from the scenario. The nation is conscious of the reality. We are going to battle and triumph.”

As per sources, the ED has supporting documentation that treasurer Ram Gopal Agarwal acquired Rs 52 crore on account of the search. 

They claimed that the ED was additionally wanting into tenders for Aari Dongri mines, which produce high-value iron ore, and an organization managed by a Congress treasurer. 

The raids happen just some days earlier than the Congress’ eighty fifth plenary session in Raipur, which will likely be attended by prime Congress leaders comparable to occasion president Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, and Priyanka Gandhi-Vadra. The three-day plenary session will likely be held in Raipur from February 24-26.

On this, the Congress President, Mallikarjun Kharge, had acknowledged that 95% of ED raids within the final 9 years have targeted opposition politicians, the vast majority of whom are members of Congress. Earlier than the Congress’s plenary session, Kharge known as the ED raids “hypocrisy of the BJP,” saying the saffron occasion’s nervousness was seen because of the “overwhelming success of the Bharat Jodo Yatra.”

These raids have solely strengthened our resolve. “If something, these raids have energized us to be much more aggressive in opposition to the prime minister and his third-rate politics of vengeance, vendetta, and harassment,” Congress normal secretary Jairam Ramesh instructed reporters in Delhi. 

Sitaraman hit again on the Congress, alleging it is just “involved concerning the welfare of household, dynasty and occasion”. In accordance with the Minister, in Parliament, Congress leaders make accusations however then depart with out listening to a response. 

“The Congress ought to both study to not stroll out of the Home in order that they’ll take the PM’s response, and even after they hurl accusations, they need to throw them with credible proof relatively than spit and run’ ways,” she stated. 

She accused the Congress Authorities of impeding the nation’s progress because of partisan politics.