Following the arrest of senior Congress leader DK Shivakumar in money laundering case, his supporters took to streets and organized protests on Wednesday. State Congress has called for a statewide bandh on Wednesday.
DK Shivakumar’s followers took to vandalizing public property to mark their protests. They even burned some Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses in Kanakapura and Ramanagara.
KPCC General Secretary Sathyam Puthoor called for a state wide bandh condemning the arrest of DK Shivakumar and the misuse of Enforcement Directorate by the government.
Meanwhile, AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal cried foul and issued a statement alleging that the arrest of DK Shivakumar was a clear case of political vendetta by the fascist BJP government at the Centre.
He said that after P Chidambaram, another leader had been dubiously, vengefully and selectively targeted for standing up against horse trading and clear subversion of public mandate by the BJP.
KC Venugopal went on to say that with their actions, the Central agencies ED and CBI have proved to be puppets of the government. He added that’s how the Modi government is harassing and hunting down to neutralize political opponents with fabricated allegations.
The statement also mentions that DK Shivakumar was a strong and obedient Congress leader in Karnataka and that the BJP always targeted him. He said although, he cooperated with the questioning, the ED is only obeying the command of its masters.
“Although there are well proved and explicit cases of black money transactions and money laundering during the political crisis in Karnataka by the BJP leaders the central agencies did not register any cases against them” said the AICC General Secretary.
Karnataka Youth Congress leader BV Srinivas alleged that DK Shivakumar’s health has deteriorated in the last few days because of the harassment he was subjected to in the last few days.
The youth Congress leader claimed that the senior Congress leader is suffering from high blood pressure.
The Enforcement Directorate arrested DK Shivakumar on Tuesday evening for his alleged involvement in illegal money laundering.