Bharatiya Janata Party rushes to Ram Vilas Paswan rescue after LJP pact

Written by PTI | Vijayawada | Updated: Feb 26 2014, 22:56pm hrs
Amid speculation of LJP joining hands with it, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today alleged that UPA was now misusing the CBI against Ram Vilas Paswan as it had targeted its other opponents.

"Ram Vilas Paswan is the latest example of misuse of CBI by Congress," senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Venkaiah Naidu told reporters here apparently hinting that the Ram Vilas Paswan was being harassed following reports that he was contemplating joining hands with the party.

Naidu was reacting over reports that CBI may question former Union Steel Minister Ram Vilas Paswan in connection with alleged illegalities in the Bokaro Steel plant recruitment process in which relatives of some high-profile personalities are under the scanner of the agency.

Ram Vilas Paswan, who is negotiating seating arrangements in Bihar for the upcoming general elections, has come under the lens following recovery of some documents which, agency sources claimed, indicate that his staff may have been actively involved in extending favours to some candidates.

Ram Vilas Paswan was Union minister for chemicals, fertilisers and steel during the UPA government between May 2004 and May 2009 and these allegedly fraudulent appointments were made during his tenure.

The former Bharatiya Janata Party chief further said, "Till the time former Chief Minister Andhra Pradesh Y S Rajasekhara Reddy was at the helm of affairs, there was no inquiry against his son Jaganmohan Reddy. However, after his father's demise Jagan snapped ties with the Congress and the government ordered a CBI inquiry into his assets."

"Till the time Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati support UPA, there would be no CBI inqiry against them and they even tried to issue clean chits to them through CBI," Naidu claimed.

CBI should be kept as an independent investigation agency and not be misused for political purposes, Naidu said alleging, "But Congress utilises the services of CBI against its political opponents."

"People will definitely teach a lesson to the Congress in the coming elections," he said.