Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao said that his daughter and Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) MLC K Kavitha may be arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday in New Delhi in the Delhi liquor scam case. During a meeting of senior BRS leaders held Friday evening, the Chief Minister said that the ED may take Kavitha into custody after she appears before the agency Saturday to record her statement.
Sources said that the CM observed that the BJP-led Government at Centre was trying to intimidate BRS by arresting Kavitha. He assured the party leaders that there was no question of backing down and that he would take the fight to Delhi. BRS leaders said that there was a lot of unease in the party over the ED investigation into Kavitha’s alleged involvement in the Delhi liquor case. KCR’s son and senior Telangana minister K T Rama Rao is flying to New Delhi to be with his sister Kavitha as she prepares to appear before the ED.
The ED had summoned Kavitha in the Delhi liquor policy case to record her statement on March 9. However, Kavitha, while reiterating that she will fully cooperate with the investigation, said that due to prior commitments, she will be able to appear only on March 11. Kavitha has called the ED’s summons a political witch hunt. “Dirty politics is being played in the name of investigation. I have reiterated several times that I have nothing to do with the liquor case or the investigation,’’ she said.
On Friday, Kavitha sat on a day-long hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in Delhi demanding passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill providing for the reservation of one-third of the total number of seats in state assemblies and Parliament for women. Telangana ministers Sabitha Indra Reddy and Satyavathi Rathod accompanied Kavitha. At least 10 political parties, student organisations from JNU and Jamia Milia Islamia; youth organisations from Punjab and Haryana; and members of the National Christian Board joined Kavitha in the hunger strike. In the evening, BRS leaders offered her juice to break the fast.
At the protest this morning, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury said the Left parties would stand with the BRS and fight with it till the Women’s Reservation Bill is passed in Parliament. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised that his government would make reservations for women in Parliament and assemblies a reality.
In her address, Kavitha said, “If India needs to develop at par with other countries of the world, then women should be given more representation in politics. Therefore, the Women’s Reservation bill becomes much more important.” She said the BJP has a full majority in Parliament and hence it has a historic opportunity to pass the Bill.