At a time when assembly and general elections are nearing, Andhra Pradesh's Telugu Desam Party leaders are still embroiled in facing Income-Tax or Enforcement Directorate raids as part of the BJP's tactic to weaken the ruling party. In a scathing attack on the Prime Minister and BJP's political vendetta, TDP MP from Guntur Galla Jayadev accused the saffron party of "misusing the ED and I-T" to crackdown on their political rivals.
"Anyone who goes against BJP's interests becomes an anti-national in the country. Prime Minister Modi is using blackmail tactics against TDP leaders. They are targeting me for giving a befitting reply to the BJP in the Parliament in the Budget session and for directly questioning the Prime Minister," he said, adding that no one can stop the victory of Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh in the upcoming elections.
"They are unnecessarily setting off rumours that I-T raids are on, on all my businesses," Jayadev said, adding that he is ready to face any raids or investigation. However, he told party cadre that ED had questioned him for eight hours because he has been one of the prominent voices opposing the BJP from TDP and that he answered every questioned posed by them.
He also elaborated on ED officials' misbehaviour with him during the investigation. "The BJP, TRS and YSRCP are doing everything in their power to ensure that TDP loses. But, we will fight and that too rightfully," he said, adding that he is confident of Telugu Desam sailing to victory in Andhra Pradesh this time too.