Unable to stomach the regional popular parties and their governments, the BJP government headed by Mr Modi is instigating ED (Enforcement Directorate) to tame them.
Going by the past records, there were 112 ED raids in five years in UPA regime but in NDA regime, it grew by 27 percent. A record of 3,010 raids against people allegedly involved in money laundering, mostly targeting those belonging to opposition parties.
In UPA regime, ED confiscated assets worth Rs 5,346 crore while in NDA regime, the assets confiscated are worth Rs 99,356 crore in the last eight years.
Actually the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 came into force on July 1, 2005.
This was given in writing by the Union minister of state for Finance, Pankaj Choudhury in Parliament.
The BJP government is targeting leaders and parties of non-BJP ruled states. Some of the Opposition leaders wrote a letter to the President Ms Droupadi Murmu about how Mr Modi’s government is misusing its powers and diluting the constitutional agencies targeting regional parties and their leaders.
The actual raids relating to money laundering were only 571. In the last 17 years, ED conducted raids 5,442 times across the country.
When the MPs were questioning these issues including the rise in prices of essential commodities and bringing more items under GST, the government is reluctant for a peaceful debate. Instead, the MPs who were questioning were suspended from the House. Thus Mr Modi’s government throttled the Opposition parties.
By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao