Published: Thu, August 03, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

IT raid attempt to threaten Gujarat party MLAs

IT raid attempt to threaten Gujarat party MLAs

Reacting to the developments, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala was quoted as saying by ANI, "BJP has used every dirty and ugly trick to run a conspiracy to win Rajya Sabha seat in Gujarat".

"I-T raids targeting my Cabinet colleague DK Shivakumar is clearly a political conspiracy", the chief minister said.

The Income Tax Department has raided the Karnataka minister D K Shivakumar's residence and seized Rs 5 crore in cash. I-T sleuths have bundled Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee Secretary Karthik Kiran and Eagleton Resort Manager Mathew into a room in a resort and are interrogating them.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the government agencies were being used to terrorise people just ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections.

"It is now becoming a trend to blatantly misuse powers of the state", he added.

The Gujarat legislators were flown to Bengaluru late on Friday night after it was said that the BJP was threatening them and even offering Rs 15 crore to support the BJP in the Rajya Sabha polls, scheduled to be held on August 8.

"The minister & his brother, an elected representative, are coordinating stay of Gujarat MLAs, that is why it is a targeted timing", Anand Sharma told the RS. "We would have returned to our state and they could have conducted raids", he said.

Meanwhile, Minister of State of Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the parties issue whip for these elections and NOTA option goes "against the nature of the whip".

The tax authorities also interrogated for a couple of hours the energy minister, who belongs to Karnataka's ruling Congress party, at a resort in Bengaluru where he is now staying. In the Lok Sabha, the Congress members staged a walkout. While speaking at a press conference in Jaipur, he said, "It's a deliberate raid by the I-T on the direction of the Central government, and the Congress is keeping its flock of 44 MLAs who feared threats and horse-trading from the BJP".

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