Wednesday, August 10, 2022

BJP targeting AICC leaders by misusing ED: Mnp Cong

Opposition Manipur Congress on Tuesday came down heavily on the ruling BJP for trying to defame AICC leaders with baseless allegations.
MPCC president K Meghachandra, while talking to reporters on the sideline of a sit-in-protest staged in Imphal’s Congress Bhavan, said the BJP was doing so to save the party from being thrown out from power by the people.
Hundreds of Congress workers took part in the protest, showing solidarity to the AICC leaders in New Delhi who staged a similar protest there while Sonia Gandhi was in the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in connection with the National Herald case.
The MPCC president accused the Centre of using ED against AICC leaders only to harass and defame them. He said the BJP is misusing the ED as a political tool and the party in power is trying to divert people’s attention from various issues like price rise and unemployment among others plaguing the country.
Another reason for ED summoning AICC leaders repeatedly was to save the party (BJP) currently facing downfall in major states of the country due to its faulty and anti-people policies, he alleged. Meghachandra said that ever since the BJP came to power at the Centre, common people were put at the limit of their woes. As a result, the party was facing a downfall in major states of the country. He added that people have now realized the true face of the saffron party. The BJP also felt the same. As such, the party was trying to divert people’s attention. The party (BJP) is targeting leaders of the opposition parties, particularly the Congress as they have the apprehension of losing the coming general elections to the Lok Sabha due by 2024. Repeated summoning of AICC chief Sonia Gandhi by the ED under the behest of the BJP government at the Centre was the last resort to save the party, he said. There is no reason for ED repeatedly summoning the AICC leaders. The BJP is misusing the ED as a political tool to project that AICC leaders are involved in corruption. The MPCC said that the AICC had loaned Rs 90 crore to National Herald, the newspaper facing downfall acknowledging the role it had taken in the freedom struggle of the country.
The amount was given at more than 100 installments from 2002 to 2011 without any interest.
However, with an allegation of it as money laundering, the ED summoning the AICC leaders is not reasonable, he said.
The matter is not reasonable as shown by the fact that no FIR case has been registered so far against any of the Congress leaders, he said. A large number of Congress workers, including MPCC leaders, took part in the sit-in-protest. They also shouted various slogans against the BJP and ED repeated summoning of AICC leaders. MPCC leaders said that the protest was being staged while Sonia Gandhi was in the ED office in New Delhi today.

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