Raids on Chidambaram vindictive politics to shut up Opposition: MP Congress

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Day of reckoning has come for many Arun Jaitley on CBI raids

Power minister Piyush Goyal was equally bellicose in rejecting the opposition's charge, and mocked Chidambaram for alleging that the raids on his premises in connection with the probe against his son Karti were an attempt to stop him from speaking and writing against the government.

Karti Chidambaram, who is under CBI investigation for an alleged bribery and corruption case, left for London on what his father described as a scheduled trip.

The five secretaries who constitute the FIPB, the officials of the FIPB secretariat and the competent authority in each case are public officials, Chidambaram said, adding that there was no allegation against any of them.

Lalu rapped the BJP in yet another tweet for "sensing an opportunity to destabilise the Grand Alliance Government in Bihar" and asserted that the coalition was "intact".

Goyal said the BJP government did not interfere with investigation agencies.

Mamata said even the media is also under "tremendous pressure and I know that".

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Banerjee, whose party leaders are facing probe in the alleged Sarada chit fund scam and the alleged Narada bribery scam, targeted the Modi government in a veiled manner, saying, "If you do not like someone, then you send CBI, then put him in jail".

Surjewala, instead, accused the BJP and its leaders of being corrupt as he highlighted the alleged scams involving top party leaders holding ministerial positions in this government. "Those responsible will be accountable", said Jaitley.

He was asked about the opposition charge against the government of using CBI and I-T department to go after Opposition leaders.

Separately, the income tax department conducted raids and surveys on at least 22 locations in Delhi and adjoining areas on charges of alleged benami deals worth Rs 1,000 crore linked to RJD chief Lalu Prasad and others.

"Do not be tempted, the alliance is intact".

Madhya Pradesh Congress on Tuesday reacted sharply to the CBI and IT raids in the residences of former Union ministers P.Chidambaram and Lalu Prasad Yadav."This is vindictive revenge politics with the motive of not just targeting but intimidating the Opposition parties", said state Congress spokesman KK Mishra. "I am not scared of the BJP letting loose the Government machinery on me", he wrote on the microblogging website Twitter. We also discussed what is going on from this morning.

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