The I-T department conducted early morning raids on JD(S) leaders that prompted protests by members of the two parties
The accusations come weeks before the country goes to the Lok Sabha polls
Bengaluru: The Janata Dal (Secular) and Congress parties carried out several protests on Thursday accusing the Bhatatiya Janata Party-led Centre of using the income tax department to target and intimidate Opposition political parties.
The I-T department conducted early morning raids on JD(S) leaders that prompted protests by members of the two parties.
Karnataka chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy late on Wednesday said he was aware of the BJP's plan of getting the houses of coalition leaders and their supporters raided.
"PM @narendramodi's real surgical strike is out in the open through IT dept raids. The constitutional post offer for IT officer Balakrishna helped the PM in his revenge game. Highly deplorable to use govt machinery, corrupt officials to harrass opponents during election time," Kumaraswamy wrote on Twitter.
The accusations come weeks before the country goes to the Lok Sabha polls.
The two parties had traded charges of misusing investigating agencies while in opposition.
The IT department raided contractors of the Public Works Department (PWD), which that was seen as an effort to target H.D. Revanna, the cabinet minister and brother of Kumaraswamy.
"As it have already told, the fight is between Democracy & Autocracy. C.S.Puttaraju another JD(S) leader and minister for minor irrigationsaid that his home in Mandya was raided. IT raids on opposition leaders is nothing but an attempt to intimidate & demoralise supporters during election time. @BJP4India is the most coward party in the whole world.Shame on them!!" Former Karnataka CM and senior Congress leader, Siddaramaiah wrote on Twitter.
The raids come days after 'The Caravan' magazine published an article, which suggested that BJP state president B.S. Yeddyurappa had made payouts of around ₹1800 crore to his national leaders during the former's term as chief minister from 2008 to 2011. The Congress had used this to target Yeddyurappa but Balakrishna confirmed to several media outlets that the diary used as the base for the article was fake.
Balakrishna could not be reached for comment.
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