Condemning Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil for asking the Enforcement Directorate to investigate allegations of money laundering to bribe voters in the forthcoming assembly elections in Kolhapur, Shiv Sena on Wednesday said that if the BJP could “revolt” the people. ED calls from house to house.
In an editorial in the party’s mouthpiece ‘Saamna’, the army felt that the ED should investigate voters in the states where the BJP had recently won elections. The Sena dared the ED and the BJP to start investigations from the Panaji and Sakhal (Sankelim) constituencies which were won by BJP MLA Atanasio Monserrat and Chief Minister Promod Sawant.
“Chandrakant Patil has a brilliant plan to investigate voters by the ED. If the slogan ‘Har Har Modi, Ghar Ghar Modi’ is combined with ‘Har Har ED, Ghar Ghar ED’, then people have to revolt,” Sena said. .
The Kolhapur North Assembly constituency by-election is scheduled to be held on April 12. The seat fell vacant following the death of incumbent Congress MLA Chandrakant Yadav last December. The BJP has fielded Satyajit Kadam, while the Congress has fielded Yadav’s wife Jayashree.
On Sunday, Patil said he would write to the Enforcement Directorate to investigate allegations of money laundering in the accounts of a large number of voters in North Kolhapur. Significantly, the ED on Tuesday attached assets belonging to Sanjay Raut, an Army MP and Samana executive secretary.
The ED had in the past arrested two ministers of the MVA government – Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik – on charges of money laundering while the transactions of some MLAs of the MVA government were also being investigated by the central government. . The army further said that calling voters “corrupt” was an insult to the people of Kolhapur, known for their progressive outlook, which is rooted in tradition. The BJP should know the history of Kolhapur and before threatening its people, the army said, the ED should open a separate office in Kolhapur to investigate the voters.
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