Maharashtra’s ruling Shiv Sena on Tuesday accused a “desperate” BJP of using the Enforcement Directorate to target party leaders and staffers. The Sena also warned its former ally that despite underhanded attempts its government – an alliance with the Congress and NCP – would not fall.
The party’s charge and declaration came shortly after Shiva Sena Lok Sabha MP Bhavana Gawali’s aide was arrested in connection with an alleged money laundering case.
The agency had also issued a second summons to Transport Minister and Sena MLA Anil Parab – in connection with the money laundering case against former minister Anil Deshmukh.
Mr Parab appeared at the agency’s office in south Mumbai’s Ballard Estate at 11 am.
Before leaving for the Enforcement Directorate office Mr Parab, who had also been summoned on August 31 – said he had done nothing wrong and offered his full co-operation.
“I am going to the Enforcement Directorate today. As I said earlier, I have not done anything wrong. I am going to answer all questions. I don’t know why they have called me…. I should get to know once I reach. Whatever questions they ask I will answer and cooperate,” he had said.
Mr Parab had earlier cited a busy schedule and sought 14 days’ time to appear before the agency.
Another summons to Mr Parab came days after a video clip emerged in which he appeared to order the arrest of Union Minister Narayan Rane over allegedly controversial remarks against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Maharashtra BJP legislator Ashish Shelar was one of those to demand action against Mr Parab.
Reacting to that summons, Shiv Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut had said the action against his colleague was “expected” and that the party would fight it legally.
Last week an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamna accused Maharashtra BJP leaders of threatening their political opponents, secure in the knowledge that their government at the centre had agencies like the Enforcement Directorate and CBI in their control.
The editorial alleged the BJP wanted to stop development by making baseless allegations.
In July Sanjay Raut hit out at the centre for using the Enforcement Directorate and CBI to topple democratically elected governments and alleged that those who had played a key role in forming the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi were being targeted.
Earlier today Saeed Khan – Yavatmal-Washim MP Bhavana Gavali’s aide and the Director of the ”Mahila Utkarsh Trust’ – was arrested under the PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act). He is to be produced before a local court later in the day.
With input from ANI