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I-T Dept survey: Sena backs actor Sonu Sood, says BJP is playing ‘childish games’

Party mouthpiece Saamana, in an editorial, said the I-T department’s action began after the actor was appointed brand ambassador of Delhi government’s ‘Desh ka Mentors’ programme

Written by Vishwas Waghmode | Mumbai |
Updated: September 18, 2021 1:17:04 am
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Two days after the income-tax department surveyed the premises of Sonu Sood, the Shiv Sena on Friday came out in support of the Bollywood actor stating that the surveys began after Sood was appointed the brand ambassador of Delhi government’s ‘Desh ka Mentors’ programme.

The editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana said the BJP had appreciated the aid extended by Sood to migrants, who had been struggling to reach their hometowns when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out last year. The BJP had even questioned the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government why it was not able to do what Sood was doing, it added.

“BJP was at the forefront in appreciating Sood’s work and was constantly projecting him as ‘our man’. But when Sood
decided to do social work as the ‘brand ambassador’ of Kejriwal government’s educational programme in Delhi, the I-T department’s action on his premises began,” the editorial said.

Terming the move a sign of narrow-mindedness, it added: “…the greatness of rulers lies in respecting those with opposing views. Making false allegations against ministers in Maharashtra, delaying the appointment of 12 persons to the Legislative Council, I-T survey on Sonu Sood are signs of narrow-mindedness and such childish games will boomerang on them one day.”

The article comes after the I-T department on Wednesday surveyed at least six premises in Mumbai and Lucknow connected to
the actor.

Sources said following complaints alleging tax evasion, the department is looking into a land deal between Sood’s firm and a real estate company in Lucknow.

The Sena said in the editorial that since the BJP is unable to come to power in Maharashtra by hook or crook, it is creating obstacles through such actions taken with political vendetta.

It added that central agencies target people who are not associated with the BJP.

“It has become a policy to fix people who are not associated with the BJP through investigative agencies. Neither have the ministers of Maha Vikas Aghadi government escaped from it nor have actors like Sonu Sood. The ploy is to trap Maharashtra ministers Anil Deshmukh, Anil Parab and MLA Pratap Saranaik,” said Sena.

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