SC to hear Congress plea against use of NOTA in RS polls
03 August, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Ora Austin
Gehlot also condemned the Income Tax Department's raid at Karnataka Energy Minister overseeing the stay of 44 Congress MLAs at a resort.
More raids are underway at various locations connected with Karnataka Minister for Energy D K Shivakumar.
Who did the Income Tax department officials raid at a resort in Bengaluru on Wednesday morning?
Speaking to the media here Gohil said, "Our morale has become strong now and our only plan is to vote for Ahmed Patel in Rajya Sabha election on August 8".
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The Congress hit out at the government in Parliament too, with the Rajya Sabha witnessing protests by the Opposition against the "witch-hunt by the government".
On Tuesday, the Congress had approached the Election Commission against the use of NOTA option in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections, claiming it was violative of the Constitution and electoral laws, but the poll panel maintained that it was not a new direction and was introduced in 2014.
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"The BJP is using manpower, muscle power, money power and even Modi power to cow down Congress MLAs in Gujarat".
In Mysuru, the Income Tax officials came to Shivakumar's in-law's house at Ittigegud at around 6 am and searches were on till we went to press.
Stating that if the MLAs houses are raided, even Rs 1 lakh can not be recovered, Gohil said they had rejected Rs 15 crore offers (to win them over) and come here. "We would have returned to our state and they could have conducted raids", he said.
I-T officials said a total of 39 premises of the minister and his family are being raised by a team of about 120 Income Tax Department officials with the aid of central paramilitary forces.
"This raid was not procedural, it was to threaten MLAs and give a loud and clear message in Gujarat that when they can conduct a raid on a Minister where Congress has it's government, anyone who stands by MLAs from Gujarat will not be spared", he added.
The raids commenced at 7 am today at all the places simultaneously.
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