Congress Cries Vendetta Politics After IT Raids On Karnataka Minister
New Delhi: As the Income Tax Department raided multiple locations in Karnataka and Delhi related to Karnataka Energy Minister D K Shiva Kumar and recovered 11 crores of cash in connection with a tax evasion probe case, there was a ruckus in the Parliament on the issue with the Congress alleging a political conspiracy.
At the time of the IT raids, 44 Gujarat MLAs were being hosted by Shiva Kumar at his resort in Bengaluru.
Speaking in Lok Sabha, Leader of opposition, Mallikharjun Kharge said, “I warn everyone that if this kind of vendetta goes on in this country, then no other party will be present in this democracy. Do not terrorize or threaten people, otherwise, the government will not function.
“Just to defeat one Rajya Sabha candidate, they are doing all this, but they will not be successful, he said.
Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, for whose win the Congress housed the MLAs in a resort at Bengaluru, slammed the IT raids on DK Shiva Kumar, and accused the BJP of indulging in an unprecedented witch hunt to win one Rajya Sabha seat. He also criticized that it only shows the utter desperation and frustration of the BJP.
Ghulam nabi Azad, the Leader of the opposition in Rajya Sabha attacked the government by saying, “Conduct raids on the residences of those people from your party who are offering Rs 15 crore.”
Azad also questioned the timing of raids and added that they could have taken place a month earlier or later.
Another Congress MP, Anand Sharma, also questioned the timing of the raids.
“An attempt was made to bribe legislators in Gujarat and when everything failed, a frustrated BJP government now resorting to IT raids on Congress,” alleged Congress leader Randeep Surjewala.
Meanwhile, the government denied witch-hunt of the Congress leaders and clarified that the resort was not raided.
Responding to the criticism over the raids, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha said that no IT search took place in the resort and no MLA was searched. He clarified that residences of one particular Karnataka minister were raided and searched.
The search was going on 39 premises of the minister and his family by a team of around 120 Income Tax Department officials with the aid of central paramilitary forces.
Jolted by the development, the Congress Party began protesting against the government’s move in Parliament and also in the state of Karnataka.