New Delhi: BJP on Monday described the arrest of YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy as an instance of "political vendetta" and sought to know why no action has been taken against ruling party leaders like Sushil Kumar Shinde and Vilasrao Deshmukh who are facing similar charges of graft.
"CBI action of arresting Jaganmohan Reddy becomes suspect when Congress has selectively chosen to act against an individual. It is selectively targeting him.... Political vendetta is being used against those who are opposing the Congress," BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.
Rudy insisted that the action against Reddy has been taken as he is fighting the Congress in Andhra Pradesh.
"Jaganmohan Reddy is an MP from Kadapa. He is the President of YSR Congress. He is the son of the late Rajshekhar Reddy.... For whatsoever reasons, Jaganmohan Reddy is opposing the Congress," Rudy said.
He reasoned that there are eight ministers in the Kiran Reddy government of Andhra Pradesh who are facing charges similar to those against Jaganmohan Reddy but CBI has taken no action against them. He named Savitha Reddy and Geeta Reddy, among others, against whom the Supreme Court has issued notices on charges of corruption.
"Why is law not taking its own course against those who are in government?" Rudy said.
The opposition also pointed out that CBI has not taken any action against some union ministers and Congress leaders who have serious cases of corruption against them.
"Sushil Kumar Shinde, Vilasrao Deshmukh (both union ministers) and Kripa Shankar Singh (former Mumbai Congress chief) are facing corruption charges. Why is the government not acting against them. Why is it trying to use its forces only to keep its opponents mum?" Rudy said.