May 29, 2023

Yogi Adityanath faces opposition accusations of stifling probes in opposition to himself.


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday defended the Income Tax raids on Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s aides simply forward of make-or-break state elections, brushing apart accusations of directing authorities businesses to hound political opponents.

“I saw yesterday the Samajwadi Party was getting pained at Income Tax raids. So, I asked someone, why? The journalist replied ‘chor ki dadhi mein tinka‘ (a guilty conscience needs no accuser). Can anyone imagine how someone’s wealth grows 200 times in five years?” Adityanath mentioned.

“Would there have been action against criminals and mafias [if the Samajwadi Party was in power?] Do these people deserve your vote?” the Chief Minister, who himself battles opposition’s accusations of muzzling investigations in opposition to himself, mentioned.

Adityanath was talking in Mathura, launching one of many six ‘Jan Vishwas Yatra’ rallies deliberate from six separate areas of the state as a part of the BJP’s event-a-day marketing campaign to dazzle voters forward of elections due early subsequent yr.

The feedback got here a day after prime leaders of the Samajwadi Party and Akhilesh Yadav’s private aide had been raided by Income Tax officers, prompting the opposition chief to say that he anticipated visits by the CBI and Enforcement Directorate too.

“I have said this time and again that as elections approach, all this starts happening. Abhi to Income Tax department aaya hai, Enforcement Directorate aayega, CBI aayega (Right now, now the tax department has come… the Enforcement Directorate will come, CBI will come) but the cycle (the Samajwadi Party’s poll symbol) will not stop… we will continue at the same pace … the BJP will be wiped out of UP. People of the state won’t be fooled. Why was Rajeev Rai not raided a month ago, why now? Because elections are near?” he mentioned.

“The BJP is on the path of the Congress. Earlier when the Congress wanted to scare anyone, they used such tactics and the BJP is following in the footsteps of the Congress,” the 48-year-old chief mentioned questioning – “Why are these raids being conducted right before polls. The tax department seems to have joined the poll battle.”

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