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    ED raids premises linked to Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik in money-laundering case

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    “ED is conducting searches on Tops group promoters and related members including some politicians. ED is conducting searches around ten places in Mumbai and Thane,” the agency said.

    Money laundering case: ED raids premises linked to Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik in Thane
    MUMBAI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday conducted searches on the premises of the Tops group promoters, including that of Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik, in connection with a money laundering case. This triggered an uproar with several Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi leaders slamming the BJP government at the Centre for the raids.

    “What is happening in the state is symptomatic of what (our political) rivals are feeling. They can’t answer questions related to the people. Instead, they are going after their political rivals by using the government machinery. This is not right,” said NCPchief Sharad Pawar.

    “ED is conducting searches on Tops group promoters and related members, including some politicians….in around ten places in Mumbai and Thane,” the agency said. The raids, which commenced early Tuesday morning, continued till late in the evening, sources said.

    Sarnaik was not in India when the searches were carried out. Officials took his son Vihang for questioning in connection with the searches.

    The searches come at a time when two state BJP leaders have claimed that the MVA government is on its last legs. Former state BJP Chief Raosaheb Danve has remarked that the MVA government would collapse in two months. The state’s opposition leader in the legislative council Pravin Darekar also said that the MVA government would not last long.

    The two BJP leaders’ statements come amid murmurs that all is not well within the MVA government. They claim that there is resentment, especially from the Congress camp.

    On Tuesday, state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil said, “Only the NCP is enjoying power. Right now, the government is lasting because both the Congress and Shiv Sena are swallowing their insults. However, there is a limit to how much the two parties can take,” he said.

    Asked whether the BJP will stake claim if the government falls, he said, “When this government falls, of course, we will stake claim to form the government.. We are not a group that sings devotional songs.”
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