New Delhi,UPDATED: Aug 4, 2023 10:20 IST
By India Today News Desk: Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi on Thursday warned the Opposition to maintain silence during a discussion on the Delhi services bill in the Lok Sabha else the “Enforcement Directorate (ED) may arrive at your homes”.
“…Ek minute, ek minute. Shaant raho, tumhare ghar ED na aa jaaye,” (One minute. Keep quiet or else the ED may arrive at your home) Lekhi said in response to an Opposition member who interrupted her while she was speaking in the House.
Lekhi’s comments in the House have not gone down well with the Opposition.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) spokesperson Clyde Crasto said Lekhi’s “insinuating threat” in the Lok Sabha “proved” the Opposition’s allegations that the government was “misusing” central agencies.
This insinuating threat given by Meenakshi Lekhi in the heat of the moment in the Lok Sabha proves what many have been saying, ‘Misuse of central agencies…'” he said in a tweet.
Indian Youth Congress president Srinivas BV questioned whether Lekhi’s remarks in the Lok Sabha were a “warning” or a “threat”.
“Is it a warning or a threat?” he wrote on his X (formerly Twitter) handle.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) spokesperson Saket Gokhale described Lekhi’s ED comments in Parliament as “shocking”. He said the ministers were now “openly threatening” to use the ED against Opposition leaders.
“Today, shockingly, Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi threatened the Opposition in Parliament and said: ‘Keep quiet or ED may arrive at your home’. BJP Ministers now openly threaten to use the ED against the Opposition just for speaking in Parliament. The vendetta isn’t even hidden anymore,” Gokhale said in a tweet.
A leader of the Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), headed by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, termed the Union Minister’s remarks as “shameful”.
“Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi threatened the Opposition MPs in Parliament. BJP Ministers now openly threaten to use the ED against the Opposition just for speaking in Parliament! Shameful !! Enugu Bharath Reddy wrote on his X handle.