- We do not tolerate corruption at all: Sambit Patra
- “BJP will never violate constitutional values”
- Those extorting people’s money will not be allowed to roam freely: BJP
BJP attacks on opposition: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday rejected the allegations of vendetta politics leveled by the opposition. The BJP refuted the allegations, saying the corruption allegations against some opposition leaders were based on “facts and evidence”. The party said that those who extort people’s money will not be allowed to roam freely. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra hit back at the opposition over allegations of political vendetta against the government. He spoke on allegations of corruption against Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, seizure of huge cash from a close aide of Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Partha Chatterjee and money laundering charges against AAP leader Satyendar Jain.
“They are great leaders, should they be allowed to roam freely”
Patra said, “He is a big leader, should he be allowed to roam freely? The allegations against him are based on facts and evidence, not rhetoric. The opposition should not politicize corruption.” Talking to reporters, Patra claimed that the BJP-led government will never violate constitutional values nor will it interfere in the working of investigative agencies. “But we do not tolerate corruption at all. Whoever has extorted public money will not be spared.
MHADA had registered a case in 2018
Patra said Raut is an accused in a scam of around Rs 1,040 crore related to the redevelopment project of a 47-acre plot in 2007. A case was registered in this regard by the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (MHADA) in 2018. Patra asked whether the ED should not take action against him because he is a leader. He said opposition parties had also created a ruckus when Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik was arrested in a money laundering case in February. Considering the gravity of the charges against him, the court did not grant him bail and he is in jail. The opposition has been accusing the Modi government of “misusing” federal agencies, especially the ED, to target opposition leaders.
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