The Enforcement Directorate (ED)’s summons to Karnataka Congress President D.K Shivakumar in connection with the Rs 74.93 crore disproportionate assets case has thrown a spanner in the party’s efforts to wrestle power from the BJP in the upcoming Assembly elections.
This has come at a time when Shivakumar has announced that he will mercilessly initiate action against MLAs who are not taking up a proactive role in ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ led by former party president Rahul Gandhi. He also stated that he would not share any information with Opposition leader Siddaramaiah regarding prospective candidates.
Shivakumar, who is aspiring for the chief minister’s post, has also managed to get an upperhand in the party affairs against his competitor and Opposition leader Siddaramaiah
As per party insiders, with this development Siddaramaiah camp will have an upper hand.
The ED has taken up the case filed by the CBI against Shivakumar in 2020. The CBI had raided 14 locations in Bengaluru and other places. Adding to his woes, he will also have to attend an inquiry before the Income Tax department on September 27. Shivakumar was sent to Tihar Jail in connection with this case.
Sources are drawing similarities between AAP leader Satyendra Jain and Shivakumar case. Jain, who was the Health Minister between 2015 and 2017, has been sent to jail in a disproportionate assets case. The ED had arrested Jain’s wife and associates and seized Rs 4.81 crore assets.
At a time when Assembly elections are fast approaching, ED notice to Shivakumar is also said to be a setback for the Congress party and might impact ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra in Karnataka.