Rahul Gandhi Evades Questions by Media on Karnataka Tax Raids

No respite IT raids D K Shivakumar for third day

Mr Patel tweeted his criticism this morning as IT officials visited a resort near Bangalore in Karnataka, where 44 Congress MLAs of Gujarat are sequestered. Meanwhile, the BJP approached the Election Commission to ask for the option not to be allowed in the upcoming election, NDTV reported.

Congress leaders created ruckus and staged walkout in Lok Sabha over the Income Tax (IT) raids in Karnataka. His room in the resort was searched and he was taken for questioning at his home.

The BJP has fielded party president Amit Shah, Union minister Smriti Irani and a rebel Congress legislator who will challenge Patel. The congress went to supreme court today to try and stop the use of the NOTA the None of the Above option in the Rajya Sabha polls next week.

Since the NOTA option has been added to the election if any lawmaker defies the party and chooses to vote for NOTA the lawmaker can not be disqualified.

The EC had earlier declared that the Rajya Sabha polls for 10 seats in the states of Gujarat, Goa and West Bengal will be held on 8 June.

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Refuting Congress Party's claim, IT department has denied that its raid at Shivakumar's residence and a private resort has anything to do with the Gujarat's Congress MLAs. He said, "It is now becoming a trend to blatantly misuse powers of the state".

As per media reports, I-T department carried out raids at the resort where the Congress MLAs are now holed up ahead of the Rajya Sabha polls in their state.

Congress has also accused the Gujarat government of trying to lure 22 Congress lawmakers by offering Rs 15 crores and asking them for cross-voting during the polls. Mr Shivakumar is the energy minister in the Siddaramaiah government.

Subsequently, the rattled Congress tucked away 44 of its MLAs to a Bengaluru resort to insulate them from alleged "poaching" attempts by the BJP. The EC said that while the party would be free to take action against any MLA who does not vote for the party's candidate, they would remain a lawmaker and their vote would not be cancelled. "Therefore, the party demands that the letter dated January 24, 2014, as well as the direction for using NOTA option in Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat be withdrawn with immediate effect", the memorandum said. Since Congress had 57 MLAs, Patel's election appeared straight forward before the defections of six MLAs.

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