IT department raids Congress MLAs in Eagelton Golf Resort in Bengaluru

Henrietta Strickland
August 2, 2017

The Income Tax department, in an early morning action on Wednesday, raided a resort in Bengaluru and the residence of Karnataka's Energy Minister D K Shivakumar in city's Sadashivnagar where the party has holed up its MLAs to prevent their "poaching" by the BJP ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections. "The search team has no concern with the MLAs and there has been no contact with MLAs and the search team", the I-T department said in a press release. About 20 other officials are also searching Shivakumar's residence in Kanakapura and also the residences of close relatives of the minister. Shivakumar was in-charge of hospitality for Gujarat party MLAs in Bengaluru.

There are rumours that Eagleton Resorts, where Gujarat Congress MLAs are staying, was also raided, but could not be confirmed. The MLAs' rooms are also being searched.

Congress MLAs from Gujarat have beeen staying at Eagleton Resort since July 28 as per the plan of Congress leadership who have accused BJP of engaging in horse trading, in order to ensure victory of Congress candidate, Ahmed Patel, as Rajya Sabha member.

The I-Tdepartment conducted searches at 39 locations related to Shivakumar, news agency PTIreported.

A section of the Congress legislators claimed that seven MLAs decided against going with them to Bengaluru.

The resignation by the six MLAs, including Balwantsinh Rajput, Congress chief whip in the Assembly, followed the exit of party stalwart and former chief minister Shankarsinh Vaghela.

The Gujarat legislators were flown to Bengaluru late on Friday night after it was said that the BJP was threatening them and even offering Rs 15 crore to support the BJP in the Rajya Sabha polls, set to be held on August 8.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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