The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said Monday that the enforcement directorate’s (ED) actions against leaders of the ruling MVA in Maharashtra were politically motivated and vendetta-driven.
Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, NCP spokesman and minister Nawab Malik said the BJP is demanding action and that the ED is immediately obliged by sending notices and conducting raids on its political opponents.
“This means it (ED action) is politically motivated,” Malik said.
State NCP President Jayant Patil, who is also a minister, said the ED, which usually deals with financial crimes, is being used to attack Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) leaders.
“It’s not just the MVA, but anyone who takes a stand against the BJP (is the target). The individual leaders will give an appropriate response,” he said, criticizing the ED’s actions against NCP leader Anil Deshmukh and Shiv Sena Minister Anil Parab. .
The NCP, led by Sharad Pawar, is a major constituent of the Shiv Sena-led MVA government.
The ED has summoned Mr Parab for questioning on Tuesday in the money laundering case registered against former Maharashtra interior minister Anil Deshmukh and others, officials said on Sunday.