In a press conference, AAP MP Raghav Chadha, made allegations against the BJP government saying that a targeted approach is followed in filing cases by the investigative agencies. As per Chadha, out of 135 cases filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against prominent leaders, 118 were reportedly against political leaders of the opposition from 2014 to 2022. This issue raises a concern regarding the political gains made from the misuse of investigation agencies.
Later, Chadha focused on BJP plan to target leader’s of the INDIA alliance forth of the 2024 elections. He notably intended that the Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal would be the first person to be arrested under this plan. Chadha asserted that the BJP, predicting a loss in all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, was focusing to prevent AAP from contesting the polls by getting Kejriwal arrested. This indicates a strategic political move by the ruling party to weaken opposition forces.
MP, Chanda later went to list the sequence of leader’s who would be targeted next. After Kejriwal, the plan supposedly includes the arrest of Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, followed by Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Tejashwi Yadav, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee. The list goes on which includes Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin, and then top leaders of the Shiv Sena and the NCP in Maharashtra. This detailed account gives a broader picture of what the MP looks as a systematic attempt by the BJP to erode key leaders of opposition parties.
It is significant to observe that all these claims come after Kejriwal being summoned by the ED in connection to a money laundering case related to an alleged excise policy scam. In this unfolding situation, all these allegations add more complications in the political arena.