The raid happened at a time when Shivakumar was overseeing the stay of 44 Congress MLAs from Gujarat at a resort near Bengaluru. "They have raided our minister D K Shivakumar, who has given shelter to us".
Shivakumar who was in Delhi had reportedly returned from Delhi at 1230am on Wednesday morning and reached the resort after he was informed about the raids. Party sources said the Nehru- Gandhi scion would also appeal to Congress MLAs to vote for Rajya Sabha candidate Ahmed Patel, political secretary to party president Sonia Gandhi.
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Congress Party on Wednesday moved Supreme Court against "None of the Above" (NOTA) option in Rajya Sabha elections.
If the Congress keeps the flock together in Bengaluru, Patel will romp home with the assured support of two NCP MLAs and one rebel BJP legislator.
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Attacking the BJP, Another leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "Conduct raids on residences of those people from your party (BJP) who are offering Rs 15 crore".
Addressing the media here, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that during the Rajya Sabha elections NOTA was put up in the ballet paper, which created a lot of confusion. Income Tax raids are not procedural, look at the timing.
Almost 39 premises owned by Shivakumar and his family were being searched by a team of about 120 IT officials along with Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel across the country, the official said. If IT officials were looking for D K Shivakumar, they could have asked him to come out.
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Reacting to the developments, Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala was quoted as saying by ANI, "BJP has used every dirty and ugly trick to run a conspiracy to win Rajya Sabha seat in Gujarat". The raids are taking place in Delhi and Karnataka.