Income Tax officials raid Karnataka Minister who is hosting Gujarat Cong MLAs

Michele Moreno
August 4, 2017

"This minister was coordinating the stay of the Gujarat MLAs, that is why it is a targeted timing", he said in the Rajya Sabha.

In a latest development, DK Shivakumar's relative's house in Mysore has been raided by the Income Tax Department officials.

"BJP is on an unprecedented witch-hunt just to win one Rajya Sabha seat", tweeted Mr Patel, who is political secretary to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and has had very long innings in Congress "inner circles". After the defection of six Congress MLAs, Patel's election is in jeopardy.

The Congress party also alleged that the use of NOTA, which is being allowed for the first time in a Rajya Sabha election, was to influence the result of the polls in Gujarat.

Officials have also referred to the Supreme Court judgment of September 2013 which directed that the option of "None of the Above" (NOTA) shall be provided on the ballot papers or EVMs.

The poll authorities on Monday announced in Ahmedabad that none of the above (NOTA) option can be used for the Rajya Sabha elections.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Income Tax department raided a resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru, where 42 Congress MLAs from Gujarat were holed up to avoid poaching by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat. "If their leaders are leaving them, it has nothing to do with us", he said.

Minister Shivakumar and his brother Suresh also had two separate rooms booked at the resort from the last five days. Though a party whip has been issued directing MLAs to vote for Ahmed Patel, there could be legislators who will look to evade disqualification by voting NOTA, claiming it was a mistake and then demanding that their vote be invalidated.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that the BJP attempted to bribe legislators in Gujarat, failing which they ordered the probe.

"BJP will romp home victorious with bigger strength than 2014 on the basis of its development and good governance of the Modi government, as well as the 13 state governments of the party in the country", he said.

Unfortunately, finance minister Arun Jaitley told the protesting Congress leaders to approach the EC and the SC to rectify the matter instead of telling Parliament and the government to seize the initiative.

Parmar has challenged the Election Commission's notifications and the Assembly's circular dated August 1, which make the "None Of The Above" (NOTA) option applicable to this year's Rajya Sabha elections, which are to be held on August 8.

42 Congress MLAs flew to Bengaluru with a view to keep them away from joining the BJP.

Other reports by Insurance News

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