BJP misusing ED to divert attention from its inefficiency: Cong

New Delhi, Sep 22 (Agency) The Congress on Wednesday launched a fresh attack at the BJP-led government at the Centre, accusing it of misusing Central probe agency like Enforcement Directorate (ED) against leaders of Opposition parties to divert the attention of the people from its “inefficiency”. “?Failing to deliver and govern the country, the government now seems to attack the Opposition parties to kill two birds with one stone – to divert the attention of people from BJP’s ‘inefficiency’ as well as to sabotage the opposition to ensure no voice is raised against it,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek M Singhvi said while addressing a press conference at the party headquarters here.

Citing a news percent which he claimed that since 2014, there has been a four-fold jump in ED cases against politicians, out of which 95 per cent are from Opposition parties, the MP said, “The ED casebook, too, shows a sharp uptick in the number of Opposition politicians, and their close relatives, who have come under its scanner since the NDA-II government came to power in 2014. ““This is in sharp contrast to the agency’s casebook in the UPA regime (2004 to 2014) – only 26 political leaders in all were probed by the agency. These included 14 from the Opposition (54 per cent),” he claimed.

On China, Singhvi said, “?The Congress party as well as media reports have been highlighting that China had occupied our land. However, the Prime Minister as well as the entire government kept declining this. With every disengagement process, the Army climbed down further, thereby ceding the space to China and creating new buffer zones.” He also claimed that rising food prices are “pickpocketing” the common man. “Food prices in the current week have risen by 40-50 per cent. In Uttar Pradesh, the tomato prices that hovered between Rs 30-40 a kilogram a week ago have now risen to Rs 80 per kilogram,” the Congress spokesperson said.