New Delhi: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday termed Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister as ‘Bhrasht Nath’ while referring to the recent Income Tax (IT) raids, the CM’s office reacted saying that the PM was “overlooking” the scams during the Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s tenure. Further, the CMO also mounted attack on the BJP-led centre by terming the government as “corrupt in itself”. Also Read - Coronavirus: Madhya Pradesh Govt Imposes Night Curfew, Other Restrictions in Balaghat
“Modi is scared and has forgotten the Vyapam Scam, e-tendering scam and several other such scams. Nothing will be found in the raids as it is a political attack,” the CMO hit out at the Prime Minister. (Also Read: MP CM Kamal Nath’s Aide Praveen Kakkar Breaks Silence on I-T Raids, Calls it ‘Political Operation’) Also Read - Bizarre! To Tackle Bird Flu, MP Govt Bans ‘Movement of Birds’ in Certain Areas For 3 Months
“Modi government is self-corrupt and no one can accuse Kamal Nath who is a parliamentarian for the past 10 years. Even Kailash Vijaywargiya was aware of these raids as they sponsored by the BJP,” the CMO added. Also Read - MP Minister Climbs Atop 50-Ft High Swing For Better Phone Signal, Video Goes Viral | Watch
Notably, PM Modi said in an exclusive interview to News-18 that “Bhrasht Nath (referring to Kamal Nath) could say anything, but it doesn’t matter. Action needs to be taken on scams and corruption. Scams were put in cold storage and we thought they should be probed. If the scams are surfacing, the people behind them should also come forward”.
The IT department had on Sunday launched pre-dawn raids at 52 locations of people and associates linked to Nath by involving about 300 tax sleuths.
Meanwhile, Kamal Nath’s officer on special duty (OSD) Praveen Kakkar today termed the raids as “political operation” and said that the IT officials couldn’t find anything “objectionable”. “Despite the 2-day long raid they didn’t find any document that they could seize, they didn’t recover any cash or jewellery either. They didn’t find anything objectionable, it was a political operation,” Praveen Kakkar told news agency ANI.