New Delhi, Sep 3: Strongly condemning the arrest of party leader D K Shivakumar by the Enforcement directorate(ED) in Karnataka in connection with a money laundering case, the Congress on Tuesday said it was yet another attempt by the government to distract the public from their failed policies and the sorry state of the economy.
"We strongly condemn the high-handed tactics and vendetta politics being deployed against Congress leaders. The arrest of D K Shivakumar is yet another attempt by the govt to distract the public from their failed policies and the sorry state of the economy,' the party said in a statement.
Reacting to the development, AICC media incharge Randeep Surjewala said,' Fertilizers, automobiles, textiles and refineries sectors are all reeling under unemployment. In order to divert the attention of the nation from all this, the Congress leaders are being targeted with false cases that are emanate from a feeling of political vendetta. The arrest of DK Shivakumar is one such attempt.'
After a series of interrogations for the last several days, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday arrested Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar in connection with a money laundering case. Earlier on Tuesday, the senior leader was questioned by the agency for the fifth day in Delhi.
Shivakumar, the former cabinet minister and sitting MLA from the Kanakapura seat, has been placed under arrest under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Meanwhile, in a series of tweets following his arrest, Shivakumar said he was a victim of BJP's politics of vengeance and vendetta.
I congratulate my BJP friends for finally being successful in their mission of arresting me. The IT and ED cases against me are politically motivated and I am a victim of BJP's politics of vengeance and vendetta," Shivakumar tweeted shortly after his arrest. Appealing to his party cadre, supporters and well-wishers to not be disheartened, he said he has full faith country's Judiciary and was confident that he would emerge victorious both legally and politically against this vendetta politics.
'I appeal to my party cadre, supporters and well-wishers to not be disheartened as I have done nothing illegal. I have full faith in God and in our country's Judiciary and am very confident that I will emerge victorious both legally and politically against this vendetta politics,'Shivakumar said. (UNI)