BJP desperate over Rajya Sabha polls, says Gehlot, slams IT raids

Marsha Scott
August 3, 2017

The Income Tax raid on Karnataka Minister D K Shivakumar at the resort where Gujarat Congress MLAs are lodged was an attempt to threaten them, party spokesman Shaktisinh Gohil alleged today.

Replying to the Congress, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the house "No search has taken place in the resort as such and no MLA was searched, only one particular Ktka minister was searched".

The I-T sleuths have also simultaneously raided residences, offices and other premises of state energy minster, D K Shivakumar, in whose name the rooms in the resort are booked, and who has been hosting the MLAs. After its MLAs resignations, the party sent its 44 MLAs from Gujarat to Bengaluru and said the move was to save the MLAs from the pressure of the BJP.

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Patel, who is also Congress President Sonia Gandhi's political secretary, is re-contesting the Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat.

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. Shivkumar is in-charge of hospitality for all Congress Gujarat MLAs staying in Bengaluru. However, on questions being raised on the timing of the search, they said the events involving certain MLAs of another state being brought to Karnataka were unforeseen and unpredictable events. Sources say crores was recovered from his custody in multiple raids which were conducted in various locations across the country. The use of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for security while conducting searches is a violation of rules for conducting IT searches, Siddaramaiah said. The raids are taking place in Delhi and Karnataka.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said that a board of members has met the Election Commission over the removal of NOTA or "None of the Above" options for voters, on Wednesday.

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