IT raids against Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar

IT raids against Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar

It is learnt that raids are still underway at Shivkumar's residences following the raids on rooms of Congress MLAs in the resort, as per media reports.

The party also argued for consensus among political parties on the matter as the use of NOTA had become "an issue of debate".

On a day when the Congress moved the Supreme Court over the use of None of the Above (NOTA) option in the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) too joined the issue in opposing the provision.

The raids led to a face-off between Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Congress' Anand Sharma in Parliament.

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Senior Congress leader, Ahmed Patel who is contesting the Gujarat RS polls for his fifth term also lashed out at the BJP, accusing them of being "on an unprecedented witch hunt just to win one Rajya Sabha seat". In the same judgment, the Supreme Court, also did some of its own law-making, by directing the Election Commission to make provisions for a NOTA vote on Electoral Voting Machines/ballot papers. "The I-T department should stop targeting Congress", Patil said.

The poll authorities on Monday announced in Ahmedabad that none of the above (NOTA) option can be used for the Rajya Sabha elections. Immediately, thereafter biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha were held in 16 States. All that has changed: now we have the virtual declaration of "war" between the BJP and the Congress in the state akin to what you might see in more battle scarred states like a UP or a Tamil Nadu. The surprise raids by the I-T department comes at a time when Shivakumar has been put in charge of hosting the 40-odd Congress MLAs from Gujarat who are temporarily put up at a Bengaluru resort, to prevent their possible switchover to the BJP. The minister DK Shivakumar has been looking after the Gujarat legislators since the MLA's were sent to Bengaluru resort that is owned by his brother on Saturday.

The Congress rushed the lawmakers to Bengaluru late on Friday night after six lawmakers quit the party in Gujarat ahead of the Rajya Sabha election.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that the BJP attempted to bribe legislators in Gujarat, failing which they ordered the probe. "This is a ploy by the BJP to tarnish me and weaken the Congress in Karnataka". However, his victory is not guaranteed, given that opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar could garner only 49 of the then 57 Congress MLAs in the state assembly.

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