'PM Modi's real surgical strike': HD Kumaraswamy as I-T dept raids Cong, JD(S) leaders in Karnataka
On Thursday evening, the Income Tax department accompined by CRPF personnel hauled out raids in different parts of Karnataka read more...
Karnataka Minor Irrigation Minister CS Puttaraju and his nephew were one of the victims of the IT-raid. Also Public Works Department Minister HD. Revanna’s associates Ashwath Gowda, Raya Gowda and Narayana Reddy houses in Hassan were also raided.
JD(S) party leader CS Puttaraju, talking to a news channel said 3 teams of IT-department officials, along with 8 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) raided his Chinnakurli house in Mandya and also at his nephew’s house in Mysuru.
According to sources from Congress, there were 11-15 raids in the city and in the state without any clue of the raid.
In the wake of the raids, Karnataka Chief Minister Kumarswamy on Thursday tweeted “PM @narendramodi’s real surgical strike is out in the open through IT dept raids. The constitutional post, offer for IT officer Balakrishna helped the PM in his revenge game. Highly deplorable to use govt machinery, corrupt officials to harass opponents during election time.”
The IT raids happened after a day, Karnataka CM Kumarswamy warned about likely IT searches on Congress and JD(S) Ministers of the state. The CM also alleged, the CRPF soldiers were called from different parts of the country to help with IT-raids. He also claimed there might be a possibility of raids on Congress and JD(S) Ministers on Thursday morning, employing CRPF personnel instead of Karanataka Police to maintain secrecy.
CS Puttaraju said “I'm not deterred by the raids, which are election-related. I would like to know which BJP leader's house in Karnataka has been raided”.
The JD(S) have designated Puttaraju to manage the election of HD Kumaraswamy's son Nikhil Kumaraswamy, who is contesting for the Lok Sabha elections from the Mandya.
CS Puttaraju said a gathering will take place to talk about the method of protest contrary to the IT-raids.JD(S) fuctionaries accused the BJP of going below the belt in the wake of the Lok Sabha polls.
"CM had already spoken about this because he got inputs from intelligence department. The BJP is trying to play a political game. Why no raids at BJP leaders' houses? I-T raids are common, but I am questioning their timing," Madhu Bangarappa a JD(S) representative questioned.
Lok Sabha elections in Karanataka will take from April 18 to April 23. Results will be announced on May 23.