BJP 'threatening' us: Gujarat Congress MLAs allege

IT raids at Minister Shivakumar's house has no link with RS polls: Jaitley

The raid happened at a time when Shivakumar was overseeing the stay of 44 Congress MLAs from Gujarat at a resort near Bengaluru. The hospitality of Gujarat legislators is being looked after by Shivakumar.

The cash was recovered from his residence in south Delhi's Safdarjung neighbourhood.

The searches were believed to have been conducted at Shivakumar's houses in Bengaluru and Delhi. The raids have even led to ruckus in the upper house of the Parliament.

"Now they have resorted to IT raids".

Meanwhile, Minister of State of Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the parties issue whip for these elections and NOTA option goes "against the nature of the whip". "I do not think that these things will hamper our party or minister in any way as the Congress has always been supporting us", he said.

"The resort is not being raided", the officials said.




Officials privy to the early morning raids said I-T sleuths reached the Eagleton resort near here to question the minister, who was staying at the resort for the night. The use of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for security while conducting searches is a violation of rules for conducting IT searches, Siddaramaiah said.

Shivakumar is considered a trouble-shooter by his Congress party and according to an Association for Democratic Reforms report on crorepati Ministers in 29 States and two Union Territories, Shivakumar is listed as the second richest minister in the country with assets worth Rs. 251 crore.

The travel expenses of 44 Congress Party MLAs to Bengaluru, to stop more of them from switching over to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was made by the Gujarat Pradesh Congress committee (GPCC).

The minister's office near his Sadashivanagar residence is also being searched. These rooms were also broken open and searched in their absence, sources said. "The events involving certain MLAs of another state being brought to Karnataka were unforeseen and unpredictable events", states the I-T department.

Speaking to reporters here, Prasad said "The Congress has repeatedly been blaming BJP over the purchasing of their leaders in Gujarat which is ridiculous".

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