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Two Delhi ministers, including the then Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, are in jail courtesy the Enforcement Directorate in the alleged liquor scam for which the agency has not produced a shred of evidence. Several Congressmen in Maharashtra, West Bengal, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh, etc, have changed sides fearing ED raids and exposure, but there is one state and its Congress leadership targeted by the ED for the past two years which has remained steadfastly beyond its tentacles. Chhattisgarh and its chief minister Bhupesh Baghel are living examples of how to beat the ED and still manage to win

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Bupesh Baghel

By Neeraj Mishra

There is more than meets the eye in the failure of searches and seizures in the Rs 2,000 crore liquor scam (Delhi in comparison is a mere Rs 100 crore) and alleged mining scam in Chhattisgarh. The Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax department have been operating relentlessly in the state for the past two years with the prime target being Bhupesh Baghel, euphemistically mentioned as “highest political authority” in its chargesheets. But till date, not only have the two government agencies miserably failed despite attaching properties worth over Rs 1,200 crore, but are now actually scraping the bottom of the barrel arresting and invading minor rice millers.

The major accused have all got bail or prevention from arrest orders from the Supreme Court unlike Delhi ministers. Anwar Dhebar, an alleged kingpin in the excise and mining game and alleged money bag of Baghel, first obtained bail from the High Court and then got it confirmed from the Supreme Court. Anil Tuteja, now a retired IAS officer, could never be arrested despite several raids and he finally obtained a prevention from arrest orders, somehow akin to anticipatory bail. The ED raids had begun with much fanfare early in 2022, with the mining department as the main target. Mining Director Bishnoi, IAS, was arrested and is still behind bars. Then several small fry in the mining department were raided and arrested, but nothing led to Baghel. Finally Ranu Sahu, IAS, was also arrested and is still in jail.

Meanwhile, businessman Surya Tiwari and Baghel’s OSD Saumya Chaurasia were also picked up with allegations that they were close to Baghel and had some unexplained cash and properties. Later, several liquor barons and dealers were raided and arrested, but nothing came of it. This whole drama kept playing out over months with much fanfare. The local BJP kept praying that ED and IT will manage something that they have not been able to dislodge Baghel from his chair.

After almost a year it turned out in Tuteja’s case in the Supreme Court that the ED did not even have the basic legal rights to proceed in the excise case. For the ED to jump into any case with its PMLA, there has to be a predicate offence or a case registered in a thana or a court under relevant sections of the IPC. It had been proceeding on the basis of information provided by the IT department about some WhatsApp conversations between the accused. The Supreme Court dismissed the case though some accused continue to be in custody due to other charges. After the Supreme Court’s judgment, the ED rapidly registered a case of fraudulent 3D stickers provided to the Excise department by a Noida manufacturer in which it named amongst others, Tuteja, excise commissioner and some bottlers. The proceeds of fake liquor bottles sold as excise paid liquor was frowned upon by the Supreme Court as an afterthought. Though the Supreme Court itself is still lingering over the case as it has been for the past two years under three different chief justices.

What is most mysterious, however, is the ease with which Baghel and company have got away so far in the current atmosphere of raids and counter allegations. There are two logical conclusions that come to mind. First, all accused have stood by Baghel and have refused to name him as a collaborator or recipient of benefits under either the excise or mining scams. It shows how he has built loyalty over his tenure. He has also steadfastly refused to order enquiries against all the officers arrested by the ED though they have been suspended under the DOPT rules. The second theory is that Baghel has some backers with the BJP system and despite Amit Shah’s obvious dislike for him, he has continued to thrive.

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Former Maharashtra CM Manohar Joshi passes away, PM Modi expresses grief

The Prime Minister further remembered that Manohar Joshi strove to make Parliamentary processes more vibrant and participative.

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Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and veteran Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi passed away in the early hours of Friday morning at the age of 86. He was admitted to the ICU of Hinduja Hospital following a cardiac arrest on Wednesday.

Issuing a statement on Thursday, Hinduja Hospital stated that former Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday with severe illness. The statement added that the Shiv Sena leader had suffered a cardiac arrest. Earlier in May, he was admitted to the same hospital after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

Joshi served as chief minister from 1995 to 1999. He was the first leader from the undivided Shiv Sena to occupy the top post in the state. The Shiv Sena leader was elected as a Member of Parliament and was the Lok Sabha Speaker from 2002 to 2004 when the Vajpayee government was in power.

Taking to X, formerly Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief and recalled that the veteran leader spent years in public service and held various responsibilities at municipal, state and national level. He added that as the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Manohar Joshi worked tirelessly for the state’s progress. He mentioned that the Shiv Sena leader also made noteworthy contributions as Union Minister. 

The Prime Minister further remembered that Manohar Joshi strove to make Parliamentary processes more vibrant and participative. Expressing condolences to family and supporters, Narendra Modi said that Manohar Joshi will be remembered for his diligence as a legislator, having had the honour of serving in all four legislatures. 

Deputy leader of Shiv Sena, Priyanka Chaturvedi expressed sorrow over the demise of the senior leader and extended heartfelt condolences to his family. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the state had lost a cultured face of Maharashtra politics. The Union Minister recalled that he got an opportunity to work under the leadership of Manohar Joshi during the coalition government. 

Manohar Joshi began his career as a teacher and entered politics with his involvement in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and later became a member of the Shiv Sena. In 1980s, he became one of the key leaders within Shiv Sena and was known for his organisational skills.

Manohar Joshi was married to Anagha Joshi, who died in 2020. He is survived by a son and two daughters.

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APCC President YS Sharmila spends night at Andhra Ratna Bhavan to escape house arrest

A video circulating on social media shows the Congress leader sleeping on a mattress on the floor of the party’s Vijaywada office. In another video, shared by party leader Manickam Tagore, other Congress leaders and workers are seen sleeping at the Congress office.

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Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president YS Sharmila had to spend the Wednesday night at the Congress Head office Andhra Ratna Bhavan as she feared that she might be put under house arrest. The APCC President led a Chalo Secretariat protest march on Thursday morning in support of the unemployed youth of the state in Vijaywada. Sharmila announced the protest march on Wednesday morning but the police did not give permission and started putting Congress leaders under house arrest.

A video circulating on social media shows the Congress leader sleeping on a mattress on the floor of the party’s Vijaywada office. In another video, shared by party leader Manickam Tagore, other Congress leaders and workers are seen sleeping at the Congress office. Sharmila avoided going to Congress MP KVP Ramachandra Rao’s house on Wednesday night where the police allegedly wanted to detain her.

Instead she chose to stay back in the Congress office. The police surrounded the Congress office on Thursday morning and many Congress leaders and YS Sharmila sat on a dharna and shouted slogans. The APCC president demanded that YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government give orders to fill 23000 posts which he had promised to fill during his election campaign.

Addressing the protest meeting Sharmila said Elections are are just two months away and the chief minister has announced filling up 6000 posts. She said instead of holding a mega district selection committee for recruitment, he is doing a fraud. Sharmilla said the YSRCP rule is like dictatorship and anyone who protests is put under house arrest.

She said they have been surrounded by thousands of policemen. She added iron barricades have been put around them and they are being held hostage. She said those people who are raising their voices for the unemployed are being arrested. She said YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is a dictator who wants to stop them.

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Congress, Aam Aadmi Party finalise seat sharing alliance for 7 Lok Sabha seats in Delhi

During the seat sharing discussion the Congress is likely to contest from North Delhi, East Delhi and Chandni Chowk, while Aam Aadmi Party will contest from South, North West, New Delhi and West Delhi. The Congress is planning to field at least 1 dalit face in New Delhi. A general category face and a woman candidate will also be fielded by the party. According to reports the Congress is likely to give AAP 1 seat in Haryana and 2 seats in Gujarat.

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The Aam Aadmi Party and Congress finalised their seat-sharing alliance for the 7 Lok Sabha seats in Delhi on Thursday. Both the parties confirmed that they had settled for a four-three seat sharing formula, with AAP contesting four constituencies and Congress on three.

The seat sharing alliance was formed after many rounds of discussions this week. During the seat sharing discussion the Congress is likely to contest from North Delhi, East Delhi and Chandni Chowk, while Aam Aadmi Party will contest from South, North West, New Delhi and West Delhi.

The Congress is planning to field at least 1 dalit face in New Delhi. A general category face and a woman candidate will also be fielded by the party. According to reports the Congress is likely to give AAP 1 seat in Haryana and 2 seats in Gujarat.

The two seats for Aam Adami Party in Gujarat – Bhavnagar and Bharuch have been agreed upon to stave off Kejriwal’s demands in Haryana, Assam and Goa. The Aam Aadmi Party will give up its south Goa constituency for the Congress. The Arvind Kejriwal-led party has a sitting MP in Goa.The signs of an arrangement became clear when Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal turned up at lunch hosted by Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi on Sunday.

Earlier the Congress finalised its pact with the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh and has agreed to contest 17 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. The Samajwadi Party will contest on 63 seats in Uttar Pradesh. The seat sharing pact was announced by the opposition alliance, which has been formed to defeat the BJP-led central government in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The Samajwadi Party has announced three lists for the Lok Sabha elections and has named a total of 32 candidates including Akhilesh Yadav’s uncle Shivpal Yadav and don turned politician Mukhtar Ansari’s brother Afzal Ansari.

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