Congress leader KC Venugopal recently spoke out about the arrest of AAP MP Sanjay Singh by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case related to Delhi’s excise policy. Venugopal criticized the ruling BJP for using law enforcement agencies for political vendettas. He expressed solidarity with Singh and condemned the BJP’s actions.
Congress Stands Firm Against BJP’s Political Vendettas
In his statement, Venugopal indirectly referred to Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira’s arrest in a 2015 drug case by the Punjab government. He emphasized the importance of democratic principles, fair trials, and adherence to constitutional boundaries. The Congress leader stressed that such values are non-negotiable, regardless of political affiliations.
AAP MP Sh. @SanjayAzadSln ji’s arrest by the ED takes the BJP’s vendetta politics to another level.
We stand in complete solidarity with him and reject the use of law enforcement agencies to settle political scores.
For this reason, we also oppose the arrests of All India…
— K C Venugopal (@kcvenugopalmp) October 5, 2023
Congress-AAP Tensions Rise: Opposition Parties Unite Against Injustice
Tensions between Congress and AAP have escalated due to the arrests of Congress leaders in Punjab. Congress leaders, including Mallikarjun Kharge, strongly opposed the arrests, vowing not to tolerate any injustice. Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh Raja Warring labeled the arrests as attempts to intimidate the opposition.
Meanwhile, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal emphasized that his party is focused on combating the drug menace and is not against any individual or party.
Congress and AAP Clash Over Alliances
The conflict between Congress and AAP has also spilled into seat-sharing issues in Punjab and Delhi. Despite their national-level alliance, both parties are at odds over seat distribution. In Chandigarh, Congress requested AAP to withdraw from the election, leading to further discord.
Additionally, in Delhi, there was disagreement over contesting all seven Lok Sabha seats. Congress suggested they might contest alone, prompting a response from AAP, questioning the purpose of their participation in INDIA bloc meetings if there’s no intention for an alliance in Delhi.