New Delhi, Mar 1: The Congress on Sunday said Income Tax raids on the premises of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel's close aides and senior officials in his government are violation of cooperative federalism by the Union government and charged the BJP of trying to cover up its misdeeds.
"Mr Modi is talking about cooperative federalism, but they are actually doing coercive centrism", charged AICC communication in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala along with AICC in-charge of Chhattisgarh PL Punia, while talking to mediapersons. A team of IT officials, along with CRPF, have been carrying out raids, since Thursday, in various places including the house of Mr Baghel's deputy Secretary Saumya Chaurasia. Mr Surjewala alleged that BJP is trying to cover up the 'misdeeds' of its former government, led by Raman Singh, by carrying out raids for the last four days without proper protocol and informing the democratically elected ruling government.
"A PDS scam worth Rs 36,000 crores broke out in Chhattisgarh earlier. The diary that came into police possession by chance, about the scam, the Congress party leaders Bhupesh Baghel, T S Singh Deo and myself, put before you", he added. He also alleged that the diary had details regarding how a portion of the Rs 36,000 crores was being "sent to the BJP's Delhi and Nagpur offices".
Taking on the government, the Congress spokesperson said that "entire province was robbed and in a first, in the Panama papers, name of former Raman Singh's son and BJP MP Abhishek Singh was exposed but Modi ji ordered no probe". Over the use of armed forces with the raid party, Mr Surjewala said, "The use of the CRPF in this manner, without the consent of the state government, violates not only the constitutional scheme of federalism but is an attack on democracy itself".
"We as a country, have become familiar with these tactics over the last five-and-a-half years, but Modi-Shah duo, in their zeal and desperation to intimidate, have done the nation a huge disservice", he charged. Earlier, the Chief Minister had alleged that the raid was a 'political revenge' and claimed that there was an attempt to 'destabilise' his government. (UNI)