'Congress using every means to muffle alliance partners': BJP
New Delhi, Mar. 21 : Taking potshots at the UPA Government over the CBI raid at DMK leader M.K. Stalin's residence in Chennai, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday alleged that the ruling Congress Party is using every means to muffle the alliance partners, who plan to abandon them.
BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said it vindicates his party's position that the UPA Government to remain saddled in the throne of government has been misusing the CBI to survive in government.
"And this is a charge, which the BJP has been making ever since and this stands confirmed today because the Central Bureau of Investigation is no more the Central Bureau of Investigation it is the Congress Bureau of Investigation. While the corruption charges are so string and endless against the Congress Party, the Congress Party is using every means to muffle the alliance partners who plan to abandon them," said Rudy.
"The raid on MK. Stalin, the apparent heir of the DMK is a strong worded message to the SP and BSP that if they abandon the Congress Parry they would meet the same fate," he added.
Stalin, whose residence in Chennai was searched by the CBI in connection with alleged illegal import of cars here this morning, termed the latest developments to be a 'political vendetta'.
"You see for yourself. The raids took place just two days after we quit the UPA," he said.
The raids at Stalin's residence took place two days after the DMK formally withdrew its support to the UPA alliance.
The DMK on Tuesday withdrew its support to the UPA over the issue of alleged human rights violations of Sri Lankan Tamils, and ruled out any reconsideration.
A five-member DMK delegation headed by T.R. Baalu handed over a letter by party supremo M. Karunanidhi to President Pranab Mukherjee at 10.30 p.m. at Rashtrapati Bhavan withdrawing support of its 18 Lok Sabha MPs to the UPA government.
This move of the DMK has made the UPA Government vulnerable despite its assertions of having a parliamentary majority. The ruling coalition will now eye for support from the regional parties, which includes the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party.
With the pullout of the 18 DMK MPs in the Lok Sabha, the strength of the UPA Government declines from 295 to 277 in the Rajya Sabha.