Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel Friday hit out at the Modi government over the Enforcement Directorate chargesheet in the controversial Agusta Westland chopper case and said "baseless and laughable" allegations and "jumlas" are raining this election season.
Taking to Twitter, Patel, without directly referring to any charges against him, said he has full faith in the judiciary and the truth shall prevail."A thief sees a thief in everyone," he said in an apparent swipe at the prime minister. The Rajya Sabha MP said it seems the probe agency has become an "important part" of the NDA alliance.
The ED, in the supplementary charge sheet filed before a court on Thursday, said Christian Michel, the alleged middleman arrested in the case, has identified the initials "AP", mentioned in a "budget sheet", as Ahmed Patel.
The budget sheet contains the details of payments made to various people, including politicians, in connection with the deal. The identity of the said Ahmed Patel is not clear.
On Friday, a day after the ED filed the charge sheet, the Congress leader said "such antics" would not work as the public is demanding answers to unemployment, farm distress and sagging economy. And, he said, these issues reflected the "defeat of Modi government".
"In this election season, it is pouring 'jumlas' (rhetoric). Baseless and laughable charges are raining. "We have full faith in the judiciary and the truth can never be hidden and shall prevail. It looks like that the ED has become an important part of the NDA," he said in a tweet in Hindi.
लेकिन ऐसी तिकड़मबाजी से काम नहीं चलेगा|
आप मुद्दों से बच नहीं सकते। जनता जनार्दन अब इन सवालों का जवाब चाहती है:
युवा क्यों बेरोजगार हैं ?
किसान क्यों परेशान हैं ?
व्यापारी क्यों बेहाल हैं ?
वैसे मोदी सरकार की इन सारी हरकतों में हार की बौखलाहट साफ झलकती है!— Ahmed Patel (@ahmedpatel) April 5, 2019
"The chowkidar and his cronies have targeted the wrong place without evidence. The 'dalals' (middlemen) of Noteban and Rafale cannot escape now. The people will teach them a lesson," he wrote in a seroes of tweets.
चौकीदार और उनके शागिर्दो ने बिना किसी सबूत ग़लत जगह हाथ डाला है।
नोटेबंदी और Rafale के दलाल अब बच नहीं पाएँगे।जनता सबक़ सिखा के रहेगी ।
वैसे यह कहावत आपने सुनी ही होगी कि एक चोर को हर कोई चोर ही नजर आता हैं!— Ahmed Patel (@ahmedpatel) April 5, 2019
But, you must have heard the saying that a thief sees a thief in everyone," Patel also said.Patel, who hails from Gujarat, has been former Congress President Sonia Gandhi's political adviser and is currently the Congress treasurer.