BJP using CBI to threaten political rivals, accuse Cong, Mayawati

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Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy with Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury in Bengaluru. File Photo: PTI
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New Delhi: The Congress on Monday alleged that the Modi government was trying to foil an alliance between the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in Uttar Pradesh by using the CBI against former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in the alleged illegal mining case. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati accused the BJP of trying to intimidate and arm-twist its political rivals through government agencies

"They did not spare any of the opposition parties be it Congress, NCP, RJD, TMC, DMK, TDP and others in the last four-and-a-half years. Now they have started doing the same with Samajwadi Party. They are trying to stall the alliance between the SP and the BSP," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters outside Parliament.

He said the CBI action, ahead of the coming Lok Sabha polls, was an attempt by the BJP to threaten the opposition parties.

"Today democracy is in danger. We condemn the CBI action against (Samajwadi Party leader) Akhilesh Yadav. The country is not going to tolerate this kind of dictatorship," he said.

Azad said opposition parties had joined hands in the past against Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi but they never treated opposition the way the the current ruling dispensation was treating those opposed to it.

The CBI on Saturday searched 14 locations in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, including the residence of a woman IAS officer, a SP leader and a BSP leader, in connection with its investigation into a case of illegal sand mining, with sources saying the role of former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who held the portfolio of mining, will also be probed.

Mayawati talks to Akhilesh

Mayawati telephoned Akhilesh Yadav, with whose party the BSP is negotiating an alliance, and told him that such tactics were nothing new as the BJP always indulged in such "dirty politics and electoral conspiracies".

She added that she and the BSP had suffered in the past in similar fashion when the previous BJP government unleashed the CBI on her.

She told the 45-year-old Samajwadi Party leader not to be deterred by such conspiracies and instead face them with his head held high.

The Dalit leader told foe-turned-friend Akhilesh Yadav that by now even ordinary people were aware of the "dirty tricks" of the BJP and were readying to give the ruling party a befitting response in the Lok Sabha elections.

In a statement, she said the BJP was jittery as the BSP and SP were discussing an alliance and the CBI raids last week at different places and the media reports of the probable questioning of Akhilesh Yadav, who served as the Mining Minister in 2012-13, was politically motivated.

"If this was a serious and unbiased action, why did the CBI not do it earlier and why has the action triggered a spate of unnecessary reactions from BJP leaders?" she asked. She alleged that BJP leaders had suddenly becomes spokespersons of the CBI.

Mayawati pointed out that long back when the BSP refused to give 60 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh to the BJP, they tried to frame her in the Taj Corridor case.

"But I never buckled to pressure and ultimately I romped home with a majority in the 2007 elections to the Assembly," the four-time Chief Minister said.

She also accused the Congress in the same breath of being "expert in fixing political opponents".

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