Mumbai: The Maharashtra government’s ongoing battle with the BJP took another turn on Saturday with the state’s high-profile minister Nawab Malik of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) declaring that an FIR will be registered against a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader next week and he would be arrested.
Malik did not name anyone but his remarks came after former BJP MP Kirit Somaiya accused him of fraud in the Pune Waqf land matter.
"Defamation of Maharashtra government by Enforcement Directorate (ED) needs to be stopped. Kirit Somaiya has levelled allegations of fraud against me in Waqf Board land matter. I want to apprise him that an FIR will be lodged against a BJP leader next week and he will be arrested," said Malik.
The NCP leader said ED officers keep telling the media that they will raid his house.
"ED officers have been telling the media that they will raid my house. Today Kirit Somaiya said ED will visit my house in Waqf board land matter. Instead of this whispering campaign, they can directly ask me to appear, I will do so," he added.
On Friday, Malik said some "government guests" were soon going to pay him a visit.
"Friends, I have heard that government guests will come to my home today or tomorrow, I welcome them," the NCP leader tweeted in Hindi.
Last month, Malik had claimed that some people are trying to frame him in a false case just like they did with former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.
Deshmukh was arrested last month by the ED for his alleged role in a money laundering case and is currently in jail.