Kılıçdaroğlu: Turkish Government Plotting Against The CHP
Photo: Hülya Karahan The CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has claimed That Turkey’s government and the country’s intelligence agency are conspiring against the Republican People’s Party (CHP) through media operations in order to weaken the party’s image and stir up fresh trouble.
“The current instruction from the AKP to its deep state about the CHP is this: ‘The CHP is the party of Alevis and Kurds.’ Their objective is to get us entangled in this frame. This campaign is being carried out by a group of people at the MİT [National Intelligence Organization],” CHP Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu told the Hürriyet Daily News over a dinner, which was hosted by CHP Deputy Head Erdoğan Toprak and which saw the participation of deputy leaders Enis Berberoğlu and Mehmet Bekaroğlu.
Kılıçdaroğlu said he called the MİT “AKP’s deep state” because it is its task to plot against the main opposition in order to create internal disturbance. “We know that a group within MİT, led by one of the deputy undersecretaries, is tasked with dealing solely with the CHP. [He’s tasked with] stirring trouble inside the party and many others,” he said, adding they had information about “new intrigues” that would be closely followed. “Special attention must be paid to media campaigns. No one should fall into this plot, particularly our deputies with nationalist leanings. This campaign against the CHP is carried out with the knowledge of the MİT chief and in an institutional manner,” he added. Although Kılıçdaroğlu had complained about MİT’s attempts to keep files on CHP lawmakers in the past, this is the first time he has publicized his allegations against the intelligence agency so bluntly. He also called on MİT to cease keeping files on his party’s deputies.