Rajya Sabha: Oppn ruckus over misuse of ED, CBI in BJP-ruled states

RSTV Bureau

Rajya Sabha ruckus over misuse of ED and CBIOn Monday, the Opposition, forced two adjournments in Rajya Sabha proceedings over alleged misuse of Enforcement Directorate and CBI against Chief Ministers belonging to non-BJP parties.

Congress members sought suspension of business to discuss the alleged “unleashing” of Enforcement Directorate and CBI against Chief Ministers and former Chief Ministers belonging to opposition parties and the enforcement agencies turning a blind eye to alleged “nepotism”, “corruption” and “money laundering” by their BJP counterparts.

But when their notices under rule 267 was disallowed, Congress members trooped into the Well of the House raising slogans.

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien first adjourned the proceedings for 10 minutes. But when the House reassembled, similar unruly scenes were witnessed.

Earlier in the day, Anand Sharma (Cong) said bonafide decisions were taken by elected Chief Ministers and the state governments for allotment of land and there was no state which is an exception to the rule.

Without naming anyone, he said the central government, in “blatant” abuse of authority, was using ED to target former Chief Ministers belonging to opposition parties and FIRs were being registered against them.

His reference was apparently to the attachment of properties belonging to Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and ED summoning him in connection with an alleged money-laundering case.

“Government is protecting the wrong-doings of its own Chief Ministers” who face accusations of “money laundering, nepotism and corruption,” Anand Sharma said.

In states like Madhya Pradesh, land allotted for a newspaper has been converted for commercial use, while in Haryana, land has been allotted to a commercial organisation Patanjali, he alleged.

“CBI, ED is being used for political vendetta,” he charged. “They cannot have two sets of rules and laws” for opposition-ruled states and the BJP-ruled ones.

As Kurien said the notice on the issue was not permitted, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad also alleged that the CBI and the ED were being unleashed against non-BJP chief ministers.

He said the “wrong-doings” of BJP Chief Ministers were being ignored while enforcement agencies were being “let loose against opposition Chief Ministers.”

Kurien said the wrong doings of Chief Minister have to be discussed in the respective state assemblies but not in Parliament.

Dissatisfied, Congress members trooped into the Well of the House and shouted slogans.

“You cannot force me by coming to the Well and shouting,” Kurien said. “Even if you come and shout here, I am not going to be cowed down by that. I am not going to allow (notice under rule 267).”

As the din continued the Deputy Chair was forced to adjourn the House twice before noon.

(With inputs from PTI)