BJP MLA from Goa, and former Deputy CM Francis D’Souza, said that if he were to criticize his party he might be raided by enforcement agencies including the CBI and his life may be in danger.
Until recently, D’Souza was the law minister in Manohar Parrikar’s cabinet, before he was shunted out due to his ill-health.
D’Souza told NDTV, “I might get raided by Income Tax, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Enforcement Directorate (ED), or I may be even booked under the National Security Act for speaking against the party.” He also said there could be a threat to his life, if he criticized the party high command.
D’Souza alleged that in 2017, Ramesh Tawadkar, a fellow BJP member and former sports minister in the cabinet of then BJP chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, had been raided by the IT department when he had complained about not receiving a ticket for the 2017 Goa assembly elections. He said that Parsekar had also been raided similarly.
However, D’Souza has said that he was not contemplating resigning as an MLA.
The BJP government has been accused of misusing law enforcement agencies to intimidate political rivals.
Previously, Yogendra Yadav, president of Swaraj India party and a BJP critic had said that the his sister’s hospital was raided to silence him.
Similarly, several AAP lawmakers, including minister Kailash Gehlot, have been at the receiving end of raids by the income tax department.