First Published Mar 6, 2023, 9:42 AM IST
The leaders of 8 opposition parties have written a joint letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, almost a week after the CBI authorities arrested former Delhi Deputy Seem Manish Sisodia. It alleged that central agencies were being misused against the opposition. AAP National Convener Arvind Kejriwal, Telangana Chief Minister, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee are among those who wrote this letter. However, the Congress Party, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JDU and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin’s DMK did not share the letter. With this, opinions are being expressed that there is no unity in the opposition parties.
In this letter, opposition leaders accused Manis Sisodia’s arrest in the Delhi liquor scam as part of a political conspiracy. “The allegations leveled against Sisodia are completely baseless. Part of a political conspiracy. His arrest angered people across the country. Manish Sisodia is globally recognized for transforming school education in Delhi. His arrest will be cited as an example of political manhunt worldwide. The world, which suspects that India’s democratic values are at risk under the autocratic BJP rule, will further confirm it.
But it is known that Telangana Chief Minister KCR’s daughter and MLC Kalvakuntla’s name has been mentioned in the ED charge sheet related to the Delhi liquor scam. It is in this order that KCR has proposed that the opposition parties should write a joint letter criticizing the Centre’s handling of Sisodia’s arrest, according to relevant sources. The world knows about the arrest of Sisodia..Congress who says that they will lead if the opposition alliance is formed..The opinion is heard from those quarters that they should reach out to the opposition. They are also responding to the question of where are Congress, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi.
But the Congress claimed that no one approached their party to sign the letter. Although the Congress supports a united opposition, it says that there is a need to identify genuine secular anti-BJP parties. Congress has not officially spoken on Manish Sisodia’s arrest in the Delhi liquor scam. Senior Congress leader Ajay Maken recently told his colleagues that there should be no sympathy for AAP as it has allegedly earned money illegally from the liquor business and used it against the Congress in elections in states like Goa and Punjab.
It is also known that KCR, who is said to be the key person behind the joint letter of the opposition parties, is fighting against the BJP at the national level. Apart from uniting the opposition parties in many states, BRS was formed with the intention of asserting power at the national level. Also, he is playing a key role in trying to unite the anti-BJP national front. But there is also a campaign that KCR is not ready to join the Congress. It is in this order that the argument is also heard that the Congress has not got a place in the letter written jointly by the opposition leaders.
The letter also alleged that the central government is using central agencies for political revenge and benefits. “Misuse of central agencies, constitutional offices like governor… to seek revenge outside the battlefield is condemnable. This is not good for our democracy. The way these agencies are being used since 2014 has tarnished their image. Questions have been raised about their autonomy and objectivity. “The faith of the people of India in these agencies continues to erode,” the opposition leaders said in the letter.
The opposition leaders stated in the letter that most of the politicians who have been booked, arrested, raided or interrogated by the central agencies during the BJP rule since 2014 belong to the opposition. “Interestingly, investigation agencies are slow in investigating cases against politicians from opposition parties who have joined the BJP,” they alleged.
Among the signatories to the letter written to Prime Minister Modi are BRS chief KCR, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal, AAP leader and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena ( Uddhav Thackeray from UBT) and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.
Last Updated Mar 6, 2023, 9:42 AM IST