New Delhi: The income tax (IT) conducted searches at the office of companies linked to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari, a day before elections to the post. Gadkari, who is seeking re-election, said the searches were “calculated, mischievous and politically motivated”.
“Coming as it does on the eve of his re-election as the BJP president for a second term, the IT department’s action smacks of the ruling UPA’s nefarious designs to create confusion in the BJP ranks,” according to a statement issued on Gadkari’s behalf by the BJP.
UPA is the Congress party led United Progressive Alliance, the federal ruling coalition.
“The BJP president said he himself had volunteered for an enquiry into all the allegations of wrongdoing by him and his family in the related matters and has been fully cooperating with the concerned departments,” the party said. “Gadkari said he has always stood for probity in public life and would never hesitate to quit his post if held guilty on any charge by a court of law.”
The statement further said that the party president warned the UPA government against waging a vendetta against its opponents. Gadkari said the raids were an attempts to drag his name into the IT department’s surveys of various companies in Mumbai.
Earlier in the day, Purti Power and Sugar Ltd issued a statement saying that the IT department’s searches had nothing to do with the Purti group.
“As alleged, these companies are not part of Purti group. These companies (surveyed) have invested in some companies of Purti group. Purti group has nothing to do with the actions of IT department,” Sudhir Dive, managing director of the group, said in a press statement.