Tudu Issues Central Agencies Threat, BJD Fights Back – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

BHUBANESWAR: While CBI and ED action against BJP political opponents in several states has drawn strong reaction, a statement by Union State Minister for Tribal Affairs and Jalshakti Bisweshwar Tudu that central agencies will raid wherever there is corruption sparked speculation here.

Tudu’s statement which came on Saturday during the visit of seven Union ministers to review the implementation of social welfare programs launched by the Center has gained significance in view of recent cases in West Bengal and Maharashtra.

“Wherever there is corruption, they (the agencies) will carry out raids. The central agencies will perform their functions regardless of the political affiliation of the accused. They can be BJP, BJD or Congress,” he said on Saturday addressing party workers at a meeting in Kaptipada in Mayurbhanj district.

The ruling BJD reacted immediately to Tudu’s statement. The CBI investigation into the multi-hundred crore chit fund scam is still ongoing. Some BJD leaders have also been arrested in connection with this connection. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had in August raided some state properties in connection with a money laundering case against a Delhi-registered mining company.

” Its a threat. Such a statement by a Union minister is completely out of place. This is not acceptable,” former finance minister Sashi Bhusan Behera said. The statement by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai that the benefits of central programs are not reaching the people due to the inept management of the state government also did not welcomed by the ruling party. “Such type of inspector raj from central ministers is not acceptable,” Behera said and added that they should not indulge in politics.

Tudu’s statement was also strongly criticized by Congress.

“The BJP always engages in such practices to threaten opposition political parties. The Congress is well aware of this tactic as the leaders of the party-ruled states always face the heat,” Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Chairman Sarat Pattanayak said. He however said there would be no raids in Odisha where BJD and BJP have a tacit understanding.

BHUBANESWAR: While CBI and ED action against BJP political opponents in several states has drawn strong reaction, a statement by Union State Minister for Tribal Affairs and Jalshakti Bisweshwar Tudu that central agencies will raid wherever there is corruption sparked speculation here. Tudu’s statement which came on Saturday during the visit of seven Union ministers to review the implementation of social welfare programs launched by the Center has gained significance in view of recent cases in West Bengal and Maharashtra. “Wherever there is corruption, they (the agencies) will carry out raids. The central agencies will perform their functions regardless of the political affiliation of the accused. They can be BJP, BJD or Congress,” he said on Saturday addressing party workers at a meeting in Kaptipada in Mayurbhanj district. The ruling BJD reacted immediately to Tudu’s statement. The CBI investigation into the multi-hundred crore chit fund scam is still ongoing. Some BJD leaders have also been arrested in connection with this connection. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had in August raided some state properties in connection with a money laundering case against a Delhi-registered mining company. ” Its a threat. Such a statement by a Union minister is completely out of place. This is not acceptable,” former finance minister Sashi Bhusan Behera said. The statement by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai that the benefits of central programs are not reaching the people due to the inept management of the state government also did not welcomed by the ruling party. “Such type of inspector raj from central ministers is not acceptable,” Behera said and added that they should not indulge in politics. Tudu’s statement was also strongly criticized by Congress. “The BJP always engages in such practices to threaten opposition political parties. The Congress is well aware of this tactic as the leaders of the party-ruled states always face the heat,” Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) Chairman Sarat Pattanayak said. He however said there would be no raids in Odisha where BJD and BJP have a tacit understanding.

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