Income Tax raids on Karnataka minister spark political storm

04 August, 2017, 00:15 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Gujarat Congress legislators at the Bengaluru resort where they have been

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday avoided several questions posed to him on raids carried out by Income Tax officials on a Karnataka minister and said that he is going to Gujarat and will answer it later.

"Without a corresponding amendment in the Act and the rules, any purported administrative action of the Election Commission of India to introduce Nota is ex-facie illegal, arbitrary and in fact tainted with mala fide", it claimed. "The more the Congress tries to use its muscle and strength in the Parliament on such issues, it paints its face black every time, it shames itself" BJP leader G.V.L. Narasimha Rao told ANI. His room in the resort was searched and he was taken for questioning at his home.

The I-T raids drew strong condemnation from the Congress-led government in Karnataka, with chief minister S Siddaramaiah tweeting that it was a clear case of political conspiracy and the presence of paramilitary forces was condemnable.

It must be remembered that the three seats that are being contested have BJP national president Amit Shah and the newly inducted Information and Broadcasting minister Smriti Irani, in addition to Congress' Patel.

"First Rajya Sabha election was postponed, Second NOTA was permitted post notification".

"Immediately thereafter, biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha were held in 16 states". I-T officials also visited the Eagleton Golf Resort where the minister was staying with Gujarat Congress MLAs.

The MLAs have been kept there to ensure they are not "poached" by BJP ahead of the 8 August Rajya Sabha polls. Azad alleged that the BJP had offered Rs 15 crore in bribes to cross vote in Rajya Sabha polls.

The I-T department issued a statement denying the raids were related to the stay of the Gujarat MLAs.

Adding that the decision to fly to Bengaluru was taken collectively by the legislators, the party said its leaders were being regularly threatened by the BJP.

Congress leaders, who were not satisfied by Jaitley's response gathered in the well and shouted slogan against the government, and walked out of the house. "The use of NOTA option during the Rajya Sabha election has become an issue of debate among the political parties and therefore a proper consensus should be made before the use of NOTA in the Rajya Sabha election", the memorandum said. Since Congress had 57 MLAs, Patel's election appeared straight forward before the defections of six MLAs.



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