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ED raids to divert people's attention from SC judges' issue:

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

In a reference to the ED raids at multiple premises linked to P Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram, today claimed that this was an act to "divert the attention" of the people, following the Supreme judges' press meet yesterday.

"The men are best in diverting the attention of the people. The judges had raised a serious matter yesterday and today they (government) raided someone's residence," he said.

The (ED) today conducted searches at 10 premises linked to in connection with its money laundering probe in the Aircel-Maxis case.

In an unprecedented move, four senior Supreme judges, at a press meet in Delhi, had mounted a virtual revolt against the of yesterday, raising questions on "selective" case allocation and certain judicial orders, sending shockwaves across the judiciary and polity.

Yadav alleged that the had resorted to the same tactic during last month's Assembly polls by raking up the "neech" issue.

During the polls, Mani Shankar Aiyar, since suspended by the Congress, had called Narendra Modi a "neech aadmi" (lowly person) who did dirty politics, which was made a big issue by the

Questioning the ruling party about the fate of the "swadeshi andolan"

it had launched, Yadav said, "The BJP should clear its stand on the swadeshi andolan after allowing 100 per cent FDI (in the sector) and the GST rollout.

"The move (of allowing 100 per cent FDI in retail) and GST (Goods and Services Tax) will ruin the Indian industries and the BJP should come clean as regards what has it thought about it."

On the BJP painting the offices and other buildings in saffron, the former said, "They have insulted the colour by painting toilets saffron."

Accusing the BJP of practising "caste-based politics", he said, "Everyone should remain alert of this party as it can rake up any issue any time for political gains.

"These forces are dividing the society and country on the basis of caste and religion and the youth should give them a befitting reply. Their false propaganda should be thwarted at all levels."

On the Yogi Adityanath-led state holding a "Gorakhpur Mahotsava", the said he had no problem with it as the previous government, led by him, had also held a similar event at Saifai.

"But the Gorakhpur Mahotsava could not match up to the class of the Saifai event. I will request the to increase the budget. If he cannot even increase the budget for his native place, you can imagine what kind of a weak he is," Yadav said.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 16:05 IST