Opposition parties have come down heavily on the Congress-NCP government for “protecting” senior Congress leader Kripashankar Singh and delaying the raids that were conducted at his premises in Mumbai on Friday.
“Considering the amount of time the Mumbai police’s Economic Offences Wing has taken to raid Kripashankar’s premises, the whole exercise seems like a farce,” said Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut. “From this, we can conclude that the state government, including Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Manikrao Thakre are protecting him.”
Raut alleged that Singh’s colleagues bought him enough time to ensure that he could approach the Supreme Court and avert an arrest.
Vinod Tawde, leader of Opposition in the Council and senior BJP leader, seconded Raut’s opinion, saying that the government took its own sweet time to take action, which has worked in Singh’s favour. “They saw to it that he gets enough time to dispose of evidence and move the Supreme Court. It shows the government was hand-in-glove with him,” Tawde said.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray agreed. “Despite the court’s orders, the state government has hardly acted in a proper manner. It is time to act against the state government itself,” said Thackeray.
The MNS chief alleged that the recent revelations are just the tip of the iceberg. “If a detailed inquiry is carried out, many other leaders will also be exposed,” he said, calling Singh an agent of the Congress high command.