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18 parties to participate in hunger strike in Delhi tomorrow: Telangana leader K Kavitha

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Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) MLC and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s daughter K Kavitha announced on Thursday that a hunger strike will be held in the national capital on March 10 and that 18 political parties have pledged to join the protest to demand the introduction of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the current session of Parliament.

The BR’s leader also stated that she will face the Enforcement Directorate despite the fact that she has done nothing wrong. In a press conference here, Kavitha, who was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate for questioning in the Delhi excise police case, said that if a woman has to be interrogated by a central agency, she has a “fundamental right” to be questioned under the law.

“We released a poster on March 2 about the hunger strike in Delhi over the Women’s Reservation Bill. 18 parties confirmed their participation…ED summoned me on March 9. I requested for March 16 but don’t know what haste they’re in, so I agreed for March 11.”

“When an agency wants to interrogate a woman, she has a fundamental right that it be done at her home,” she stated.

“So, I requested ED that they can come to my house on 11th March to investigate but they said that I will have to come to them,” the BRS leader said.

Kavitha arrived in Delhi today, and she has stated that she will appear before the Enforcement Directorate on March 11. BRS MLS reacted in a series of tweets, alleging that certain political motives were masquerading as investigations.

“As a law-abiding citizen, I’ll fully cooperate with investigating agencies. I will appear at your good offices on March 11,” she had said in a statement.

“…I have been summoned by ED to appear on March 9th in Delhi. However, due to the Dharna and prefixed appointments, I’ll see legal opinions on the date of attending it,” BRS MLC K. Kavitha stated.

“I fail to understand as to why I have been summoned at such short notice. It seems that certain political motives have been masquerading in the name of investigation. I categorically say that I have nothing to do with the present investigation,” she had said in a subsequent tweet.

“Being a social worker and having prior commitments, I had already planned my schedule for the upcoming week & the abrupt rejection of my request seems to be motivated by reasons best known to you, which demonstrates that it is nothing but political victimization,” she had tweeted.

On March 8, the BRS slammed the Centre after the ED summoned Kavitha in connection with its ongoing investigation into the Delhi excise policy case, claiming that the central probe agencies had become an extension arm of the BJP.

Referring to the summons as “politically motivated,” BRS leader Ravula Sridhar Reddy stated that, aside from the ED and the BJP, no one really understands the case filed in connection with the recently withdrawn New Delhi excise policy.

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