Uproar over tax raid on Karnataka minister's resort

Gujarat MLAs to be paraded before media in Bengaluru

"I wanted a small part of it; because no one should say tomorrow that they (IT officials) had not gone to the resort", he added.

During the raids, Rs 5 crore was recovered from the Delhi residence of Minister DK Shivakumar, IT officials stated. Facing threats of more desertions, Congress was forced to airlift 40 of its MLAs to Karnataka last week.

Yesterday, the Congress had approached the EC against the use of NOTA option in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections, claiming it was violative of the Constitution and electoral laws.

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.

All India Congress Committee general secretary and in charge of party affairs Ashok Gehlot said that the Congress would win its Rajya Sabha seat on which Ahmed Patel is contesting the poll from Gujarat.

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"The minister & his brother, an elected representative, are coordinating stay of Gujarat MLAs, that is why it is a targeted timing", Anand Sharma told the RS. Congress has raised the issue of Income Tax raids in both the houses of Parliament today.

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.

Senior Congress leader, Anand Sharma, who is also deputy leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said that the EC can not introduce NOTA without a Constitutional amendment, reported India Today. "Reasons best known to the Election Commission", Ahmed Patel said in a tweet.

I-T Department officers raided DK Shivakumar's properties, including his houses in Kanakapura and Sadashivanagar and his Eagleton Golf Resort, where the Congress MLAs are staying.

Accusing the BJP of misusing central agencies, Gohil said that the Gujarat MLAs came to Bengaluru to save themselves but the BJP has started harassing them.

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