Raipur. Political struggle is going on continuously in the state regarding the action of ED. Once again, the Congress has attacked BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was a Union Minister. Congress leader Sushil Anand said, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad has accused the state government on the basis of ED’s action in Chhattisgarh, which is a conspiracy of BJP. At the same time, he said, the ED maliciously takes wrong action at the behest of the central government and BJP leaders try to defame the Congress government by making allegations on the same basis. The people of the state are understanding this trick of the BJP.
Further, Sushil Anand Shukla said, BJP leaders are alleging on the basis of ED’s script that a scam of 2168 crores has taken place in Chhattisgarh by selling liquor without paying excise duty. If ED’s allegations are true, then why didn’t ED take action against the distillers selling liquor. ED’s action is based on hearsay without any facts.
Further, Sushil Anand also said that Ravi Shankar Prasad has made politically motivated false allegations seeing the assembly elections near. In February 2020, Income Tax raids were conducted in the state on liquor traders and persons related to them. On the basis of that, ED is making allegations in July 2023. It is clear from the ED’s timing that all this has been done to give cover fire to the issueless BJP in view of the approaching assembly elections. Several witnesses in the court against the ED have also complained about pressurizing them to name the chief minister. Fed up with the ED’s harassment, a witness has even threatened to commit suicide. This makes it clear that ED is taking political vendetta in Chhattisgarh.
The Congress communication chief said that in 2012, the Raman government had given the right to produce country liquor to only 3 distillers in the state. Any other distiller had lost the right to participate in the production tender. In 2017, the Raman government itself handed over the monopoly of liquor sale to the government company. Started taking manpower for liquor business from placement agencies. Country liquor was being supplied through pre-registered 3 contractors. In the last financial year of the Raman government’s tenure, the total revenue from liquor was 3900 crores. After the formation of the Congress government in the state, no change was made in the liquor policy. The system also remained the same, despite that the revenue of liquor increased from 3900 to 6500 crores in the year 2023 as compared to Raman Raj. The revenue has increased during the rule of the Congress government, which means that if there is a problem then it was during the Raman rule. The state government is also probing the complaint of selling liquor without excise duty against 3 distillers.
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