Mayawati: Central govt misusing state machinery to malign BSP before UP elections
Mayawati is slowly countering the threat posed by the coalition between Samajwadi Party and the Congress by building her own social coalition Photograph: (AFP)
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati hit out Tuesday at the Modi government after the Enforcement Directorate detected cash deposits totalling over Rs 104 crore in an account belonging to her party.
Addressing the media, Mayawati alleged that the BJP was misusing state machinery to malign her party's name.
It is understood the ED will soon issue notices to Mayawati's brother Anand; Rs 1.43 crore was deposited in a bank account in his name
"We have deposited the money collected as party funds honestly in the bank account. We have account of every rupee deposited in bank, but what about deposits by BJP," she said.
She also alleged BJP is tarnishing the BSP's image ahead of the UP assembly elections.
The enforcement directorate had on Monday detected cash deposits totalling over Rs 104 crore in an account belonging to the BSP and Rs 1.43 crore in an account belonging to Mayawati's brother Anand in a Delhi branch of the United Bank of India.
Agency officials said the ED sleuths called for records of the deposits and found that while Rs 102 crore was deposited in old 1,000-rupee notes, the remaining Rs 3 crore was deposited in old 500-rupee notes.
The ED said it has asked the bank to provide it the KYC (know your customer) documents used to open the accounts, and CCTV footage of the deposits being made.
It is understood the agency will soon issue notices to Anand him and also intimate the income tax department about the deposits, asking that they be investigated under anti-tax evasion laws.
(This article first appeared in DNA)