Raids at Gujarat MLAs ‘Bengaluru abode’ create ruckus in Parliament

New Delhi: Is it a vedantta politics or the raids by IT sleuths on a Congress senior leader’s house were genuine? Income Tax  sleuths began conducting raids at the official residence of Karnataka Power Minister D.K. Shivakumar and at a private resort near here where 44 Congress lawmakers from Gujarat are staying. 

Coincidentally, IT raids began at 7 AM this morning at DK Shivakumar residence who is also in-charge of hospitality for Gujarat Congress MLAs in Bengaluru. Reacting to the IT raids at Eagleton resort senior Congress leader R S Surjewala said, “BJP has used every dirty and ugly trick to run a conspiracy to win Rajya Sabha seat in Gujarat. Attempt was made to bribe legislators in Gujarat; when everything failed, a frustrated BJP Govt now resorting to IT raids.”

Congress is raising the issue of Income Tax raids in both the houses of Parliament today. Raids were also conducted at the house of Congress lawmaker N. Ravi in the city's southern suburb.

  A representative of Eagleton Golf Resort declined to confirm if IT raids were conducted in the 35 deluxe rooms where the Gujarat Congress MLAs have been staying since Saturday. A news channel claimed that Rs 5 crore was recoevered, but no such official statement has come out yet.

The Congress had sent 44 of its legislators to a resort outside Bengaluru to fend off "poaching" attempts by the BJP ahead of the August 8 Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat. Of the 57 Congress MLAs in the state, from where senior party leader Ahmed Patel is contesting, six have already resigned from the party with three of them joining the BJP  Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala hada demanded that the Election Commission (EC) lodge a criminal case against the BJP for poaching its MLAs using "money and muscle" power. News24Bureau