‘Operation Lotus’ is a time period utilized by events to allege horse-trading and poaching makes an attempt by the BJP to carry down governments in states. (Picture/News18)
The Congress claimed the ED was finishing up raids to harass opponents of the BJP and the company ought to disclose what paperwork, benami property, cash it has discovered
The ruling Congress in Chhattisgarh on Monday mentioned Enforcement Directorate raids being carried out towards its leaders had been a part of the Bharatiya Janata Occasion’s efforts to execute ‘Operation Lotus’ within the state.
‘Operation Lotus’ is a time period utilized by events to allege horse-trading and poaching makes an attempt by the BJP to carry down governments in states.
The premises of chairman of Chhattisgarh Mineral Growth Company Girish Dewangan, Raipur mayor Aijaz Dhebar, chairman of Chhattisgarh State Constructing and Different Development Employees Welfare Board Sushil Sunny Agrawal had been raided by the ED just lately.
All three had been current on the press convention held through the day at Rajiv Bhawan, the Congress’ state headquarters.
Dewangan claimed he was raided regardless of not having any hyperlink to the coal enterprise.
“The best way the ED is taking motion, it appears the company has been attempting to execute Operation Lotus in Chhattisgarh,” he alleged.
“I’m chairman of the mineral improvement company however coal will not be beneath its purview. I don’t know why raids had been performed at my premises. I used to be given key obligations for Congress’ plenary session held in February in Raipur. The BJP and Modi authorities tried to disturb the plenary session utilizing the ED,” he added.
He and Dhebar claimed the ED was finishing up raids to harass opponents of the BJP and the company ought to disclose what paperwork, benami property, cash it has discovered.
“The BJP and the Modi authorities are attempting to create an environment of concern however our chief Rahul Gandhi has mentioned don’t be afraid. We’re not going to get scared,” the 2 leaders mentioned.
Native businessman Achal Bhatia, whose premises was searched by the ED, additionally spoke on the press convention and accused the company of harassing him.
The ED has been investigating an alleged coal levy and cash laundering case in Chhattisgarh and has raided premises linked to a number of state authorities officers, businessmen, ruling Congress leaders within the final six months.
The investigation pertains to “a large rip-off by which an unlawful levy of Rs 25 per tonne was being extorted for each tonne of coal transported in Chhattisgarh by a cartel involving senior bureaucrats, businessmen, politicians and middlemen”, the company has mentioned.
9 individuals, together with Chhattisgarh-cadre IAS officer Sameer Vishnoi and state administrative service officer Saumya Chaurasia, have been arrested in reference to the case.
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