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BJP's new ally for LS polls is CBI: TMC on raids at BS Hooda's residence


"For 2019, BJP gets new ally CBI", remarked the Trinamool Congress while reacting to the raids conducted by the central probe agency at the residence of former Haryana chief minister BS Hooda.

The CBI on Friday carried out raids at the residence of Hooda and other officials, in connection with alleged irregularities in the acquisition of land in Haryana, following which, the opposition parties levelled allegations against the BJP that it is using investigative agencies for their own profit.

"For 2019, BJP gets new ally CBI," read a tweet posted by TMC on its twitter handle.

Earlier in a day, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter and criticised the BJP for using "Government agencies as allies".

"So political vendetta continues. BJP and its 'allies' comprising multiple Government agencies harassing all allies of Oppn from Kolkata to Delhi and beyond. From @yadavakhilesh to Behen Mayawati Ji, nobody is spared. From north to south. From east to west. Political vendetta by BJP. Are they scared? Are they desperate ?" Mamata tweeted.

"One headless agency has now become spineless BJP!" she added without taking the name of any particular probe agency.

"This is a result of political vendetta. I will fight this battle myself. I have complete faith in the judiciary. No one can silence my voice," Hooda said reacting to the raids. A fresh case has also been filed against him.

Echoing similar sentiments, his son and MP Deepender said, "From last five year this government is working with a vendetta. They are targeting us. They are trying to suppress the voice of popular opposition leaders. They tried everything for the last five years but could not find anything. We are not worried and will continue to fight them strongly."

The CBI on Friday carried out raids at the residence of Hooda and other officials, and also lodged the fresh case against the former Haryana Chief Minister in connection with the alleged irregularities in the acquisition of land in Haryana.

The investigating agency conducted raids in over 20 places including in Chandigarh, Rohtak, New Delhi, Gurgaon and Mohali with respect to the land acquisition irregularities.

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First Published: Fri, January 25 2019. 16:01 IST