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Piyush Goyal on CBI, I-T raids: Today is the day of accountability for the corrupt

Hitting out at the Congress, Goyal said the opposition party was feeling "helpless" in the face of Modi's "massive popularity".

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: May 16, 2017 6:34 pm
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On a day it was voted to power three years ago, the BJP on Tuesday said this was the day of accountability for the corrupt after government agencies searched Congress leader P Chidambaram’s premises and properties allegedly linked to RJD chief Lalu Prasad.

Union Minister Piyush Goyal rejected Chidambaram’s charge that he was being targeted for his columns critical of the government and claimed that the issue was why beneficiaries of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) gave “money to the firms owned by his son”.

The former finance minister’s columns “did not exactly set the Yamuna on fire”, Goyal told reporters and took a dig at Chidambaram, saying, “He will be accountable for his son’s stroke.”

In its three years in power the BJP have given an honest, scam-free government, a decisive leader and pro-poor thrust on governance, he said, adding, for the first time ever, India “is the fastest growing large economy”.

Rejecting allegations of political vendetta levelled by Prasad and Chidambaram, Goyal claimed that the BJP government never comes in the way of law and that investigation agencies work independently.

“After all, it is not us who demanded reopening of fodder scam cases. The Supreme Court gave the verdict,” he said.

Hitting out at the Congress, Goyal said the opposition party was feeling “helpless” in the face of Modi’s “massive popularity” and instead of introspecting, it was raising wrong issues.

The Income Tax department conducted raids 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.

Attacking the BJP, Prasad said he would not be cowed down by the use of investigation agencies against him and continue to fight it.

Also, the CBI on Tuesday launched searches at multiple premises linked to former Union Finance Minister Chidambaram and his son Karti in connection with alleged favours granted in FIPB clearance to a firm, INX Media, in 2007.

Chidambaram alleged, “The government, using the CBI and other agencies, is targeting my son and his friends. The government’s aim is to silence my voice and stop me from writing, as it has tried to do in the cases of leaders of opposition parties, journalists, columnists, NGOs and civil society organisations.”

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    HD
    May 17, 2017 at 12:43 am
    Look who's talking. Corrupt bjp
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      manikantan
      May 16, 2017 at 9:57 pm
      Hope people involved in GSPC scam, Birla Diary gate scam also investigated unbiasedly. Feku is doing all this only to fool bhakts. Will take a bet, nothing is going to happen to Sonia hi or Vadra or lalu or Chidambaram. During MMS period even the alliance member like lalu, Raja were jailed. In Fekus period, nothing of that sort is going to happen. Feku is afraid of oppn, because they may in turn expose fakeness of feku
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        Indian
        May 16, 2017 at 9:46 pm
        Dear Mr PG, shouldn't you disclose why did you rush to Mumbai immediately after the announcement of demonetization and met Diamond and gold traders/shopkeepers
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          ramu
          May 16, 2017 at 9:26 pm
          so what accounting entry to p end of day? debit the robber and credit the farmer etc.?
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            Dash
            May 16, 2017 at 9:14 pm
            May it be kejrilal,PC,Laloo,Mamta bano or any corrupt politician,their response is same-this is vendetta,conspiracy blah blah. India is watching. This is new India. People are not fools. Recent elections have given many clues as to what Indians want. These corrupt douches cant escape by blaming CBI or ED. They are fortunate that our juducial system sucks.
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