By SF Bureau
BJP adopts the same old Congress ‘Style’ politics
Narendra Modi learnt a lot from Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.
IT Raids on the premises of the SP president’s close associates remind the central government’s department searches in the houses and offices of the then opposition party DMK president’s relatives and aides in the last April just before the polling in Tamil Nadu
IT dept’s raids and searches failed to influence the outcome of the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections in 2021 May.
One-party Dominant System of the Congress era seems a perfect model for Modi-Shah Duo for rude imitation
But, the BJP and its central leadership forget the fact that IT Raids hardly help the Ruling party at the centre and the state when the party faces anti-incumbency and the anger of the people.
Modi government used the time tested weapon of IT and ED Raids on the political rivals with negative results in the past assembly polls in many states
Visible ‘Hawa’ in favour of the main opposition Samajwadi Party in UP is the immediate reason for the union government’s decision behind the raids on the SP leaders in UP
Modi-Shah-Yogi team wants to show the close associates and aides of the SP national president Akhilesh Yadav as corrupt to the people of UP by conducting raids and searches on their premises.
The IT raids were directed to show that crores of rupees of cash was moving to the DMK leaders to bribe the voters in Tamil Nadu in last April.
IT raids on the SP leaders bring back the memories of the similar raids on the DMK leaders and their kin eight months ago in Tamil Nadu.
Narendra Modi led BJP government at the centre used the same time tested weapon against its political rival, the Samajwadi Party (Saturday) a few months before the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. BJP leadership learnt a lot from the previous ruling party at the centre, the Indian National Congress.
When the Congress ruled the country and almost all the states for a long time, it did not tolerate the opposition parties and harassed them by using the central law enforcing agencies like CBI, ED and Income Tax. In spite of gaining nothing from such Income Tax Dept raids on the leaders of the opposition parties and their close associates, the Congress continued the policy of raids or ‘Raidraj’ and now its successor the Bharatiya Janata Party is following the same tactics to intimidate its political rivals just before the assembly elections. When the Tollywood ‘Megastar’ Chiranjeevi Konidela revealed his intention to launch his own regional party in the united Andhra Pradesh in 2008, his offices and premises were raided by the teams of Income Tax dept a few months before the assembly elections of 2009. As in the case of the DMK in Tamil Nadu (in 2021) Income Tax people found nothing to go against Chiranjeevi.
What IT Department found in Chennai in the April 2021?
A report filed by the NDTV on 3 April 2021 revealed how the IT Dept was used as a weapon to harass political rival DMK by the Modi govt just to disturb its leadership before election. Without any solid proof for the unaccounted money or black money, IT dept officials raided the premises of politicians or their relatives or close aides ultimately finding nothing incriminating. It is the same old story in the states that go for polls whether the Congress or the BJP is in power at the centre.
The two national parties mastered the game in the last seven decades of the Indian democracy. The NDTV news report said on 3 April, “The Income Tax Department found only ₹ 1.36 lakh in cash after a day-long raid of the Chennai residence of DMK chief MK Stalin’s daughter and son-in-law, sources told NDTV adding that no other seizure was made during raids at a total of four locations in the state.The cash has also been returned to the assessees, the sources said, after family members produced documents accounting for the money they said was for household purposes. The sources said the raids – which began 8 am Friday – were based on “credible” information on movement of cash allegedly meant to bribe voters ahead of next week’s Assembly election.
The DMK, though, was furious at the timing of the allegations and raids. Tamil Nadu voted for a new Assembly on Tuesday and the party – which heads an opposition alliance that includes the Congress – called the raids “politically motivated” and an example of the misuse of agencies by the BJP government at the centre and the AIADMK government in the state. A furious MK Stalin said the people would “give a clear verdict on April 6 for this miscalculation”.”
As the SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav is firm and bold today, the DMK chief MK Stalin was equally angry and challenging when the Chennai houses of his daughter and son-in-law were raided.
Just a few days before the polling date of the Tamil Nadu assembly election last summer, the IT raids on the DMK chief’s daughter’s residences made Stalin more bold and angry. He was not a worried man as BJP expected. He challenged the ruling party at the centre to do whatever it wanted and warned it that the people of Tamil Nadu were going to teach a lesson to the saffron camp. He said in an election rally, “”I am MK Stalin. This Stalin has faced Emergency and MISA. I won’t be scared because of these IT raids. PM Modi should know that we aren’t AIADMK leaders who prostrate themselves before him.” Both Stalin and his father and former DMK chief minister for a long time M Karunanidhi were jailed during the 1975-77 Emergency by the then Congress prime minister Indira Gandhi. In the present case of Uttar Pradesh, the father of Akhilesh and the SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav was also put behind the bars by the same Congress government. But the so-called national parties, the Congress and the BJP, misuse the central agencies for political and electoral gains indiscriminately against opposition parties. Past experience shows that such raids hardly benefit the ruling parties. But the two parties play the same old strong arm tactics to intimidate their principal political rivals.
Akhilesh Yadav’s response is correct and the Modi government should stop such raids.
Akhilesh Yadav’s response is quick and bold. He correctly compared the present BJP dispensation with the past regimes of the Congress. As the popularity of the SP chief is growing beyond the BJP chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s and his bosses’ imagination, the BJP central leadership is using the Income Tax department as an intimidating weapon. All pre-poll surveys point to the possibility of Samajwadi Party winning the forthcoming assembly elections to the Uttar Pradesh assembly. Many smaller parties joined the SP alliance and many more sub-regional parties are eager to join hands with Akhilesh Yadav. Yogi Adityanath government’s total failure on all fronts made the people of UP angry and they see in Akhilesh a viable alternative. Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Vijay Rath Yatra is attracting huge crowds and a few days back his estranged uncle and PSP (Lohia) president Shivpal Singh Yadav agreed to join the SP alliance. All these developments point to the victory of the SP alliance in the polls under the charismatic leadership of socialist Akhilesh. In a panicking reaction to the possible loss of power in Lucknow the government at the centre sent the Income Tax dept teams to the houses and premises of the close associates and the leaders of the Samajwadi Party. As it happened in Tamil Nadu last April, the BJP is bound to face humiliating defeat in spite of its strong arm tactics and brazen misuse of power.