New Delhi: A day after the arrest of former finance minister P. Chidambaram, the Congress continued to back the senior leader and accused the government of turning investigating agencies into “personal revenge-seeking departments". Congress ally Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and friendly party Trinamool Congress (TMC) have also extended their support to Chidambaram.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Chidambaram late Wednesday in connection with the INX Media case. On Thursday morning, Congress held a press conference at the party’s official headquarters to support the veteran leader and alleged that the government was trying to divert attention from issues like economy and jobs.
“Over the last two days, India witnessed the broad daylight murder of democracy and the rule of law by a Government hell bent upon using CBI and ED as personal revenge seeking departments for the party in power," senior Congress Randeep Surjewala said in a statement after the press conference.
“With the narrative on a sinking economy spiralling out of their control, massive and unprecedented job losses, shocking devaluation of the rupee as Asia’s worst performing currency and unfathomable crisis in all sectors leading to shutting down of factories and trade, we now see the depths to which a desperate Modi Government 2.0 will stoop to divert the nation’s attention," he added.
Meanwhile, Karti Chidambaram, Lok Sabha member and Chidambaram’s son, who joined a demonstration by opposition parties on the Kashmir situation in the national capital on Thursday, told reporters, “Congress, its alliances partners and members of DMK have raised the issue."
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Karti Chidambaram is a co-accused in the INX Media case.
“I too saw how CBI jumped the wall and arrested P Chidambaram. It is a matter of shame for India, and a political vendetta. It is condemnable that he had asked for anticipatory bail but he was arrested," DMK leader M.K. Stalin said in Chennai.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said, while not going into the legality, the manner in which Chidambaram’s matter is being handled was “depressing, bad and sad".
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on its part, said the issue has put the focus back on corruption under Congress regime.
"The Congress is working with a negative mindset. They have converted corruption into a revolution. This is for the first time that corruption is becoming a revolution. Till now, revolution was against corruption, now revolution is being carried out in favour of corruption," minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told PTI.
"Law enforcement agencies will do their work and courts will do their own work. But, the Congress party and its leadership is trying to convert corruption into a revolution," he added.