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Sanjay Raut Defends Mahua Moitra Amid ‘Cash for Query’ Allegations, Accuses BJP of Targeting Critics

In response to the recent "cash for query" allegations made by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey against Trinamool Congress leader Mahua Moitra, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut defended Moitra, stating that the BJP was attempting to demoralize her due to her outspoken stance, particularly in questioning industrialists like Adani.

By Rekha Joshi 
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In response to BJP MP Nishikant Dubey’s “cash for query” allegations against Mahua Moitra, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has come to her defense, stating that such accusations are an attempt to demoralize the Trinamool Congress leader.

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Raut suggested that the BJP is uncomfortable when individuals question industrialists, including Adani, and that this discomfort leads them to level such allegations. He emphasized Moitra’s prominent position within the TMC and accused the BJP of trying to undermine her stature.

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Nishikant Dubey had accused Mahua Moitra of accepting bribes from businessman Darshan Hiranandani in exchange for raising questions in Parliament. He urged Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to establish an “inquiry committee” to investigate the charges. Dubey cited documents from an advocate as purported “irrefutable” evidence of the alleged bribery.

He further claimed that there was a “criminal conspiracy” involving Mahua Moitra to advance the business interests of Darshan Hiranandani by using her parliamentary questions, drawing a parallel to the “Cash for Query” episode of December 12, 2005.

Dubey pointed out that the majority of Moitra’s parliamentary questions, specifically 50 out of 61, were focused on the Adani Group, which had faced accusations of wrongdoing from the American firm Hindenburg.

In response, Mahua Moitra countered Dubey’s allegations, asserting that several motions were pending before the Speaker against BJP leaders. She called on Om Birla to “complete the inquiries” into Dubey’s alleged false affidavits and then initiate an inquiry committee against her. Moitra also stated that there were multiple breach of privilege cases pending against BJP members.

She concluded by suggesting that she is awaiting action from the Enforcement Directorate and other authorities regarding the Adani coal scam allegations before any further discussions take place.

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