Gujarat MLAs meet Karnataka Guv, say 'not captivated' in Bengaluru

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Shivakumar's residence, offices and relatives' houses in Delhi and Bengaluru were part of the raids which began at 7 am on Wednesday.

The Income Tax department has said that it is investigating Shivakumar in a case of alleged tax evasion and huge undisclosed investments in real estate, jewellery and other sectors.

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha soon after Zero Hour started, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said the BJP-led NDA government out of political vendetta was using central agencies against opposition leaders.

However, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley denied any connection between the raid and the Rajya Sabha election saying the person whose properties were raided was caught "tearing" documents, NDTV reported. I will not let down my party and its leaders.

The Congress legislators have been camping at the resort since last Saturday till Rajya Sabha elections on August 8. Furthermore, Gohil denied reports of MLAs being detained by force, and said any attempt by the saffron party to contact Congress party leaders or workers will be recorded hereafter.

He went on to say that the goal of IT officials visiting the resort was to confront Shivakumar, who he the union minister alleged was hiding at the resort. K Shivakumar, who has been hosting 44 Congress MLAs from Gujarat at Eagleton Golf Resort in Bengaluru.

The IT department also maintained that its raid at Shivakumar's residence and resort has nothing to do with the Gujarat's Congress MLAs.

"He is definitely one of the crisis managers for the party", a senior member of All India Congress Committee (AICC) told Mint, requesting not to be named. It may be recalled that earlier, even the Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah had protested against the involvement of CRPF, terming it as politically motivated. Besides the 39 locations in Karnataka, some places in Chennai and Delhi were also being searched.

The Congress rushed the lawmakers to Bengaluru late on Friday night after six lawmakers quit the party in Gujarat ahead of the Rajya Sabha election.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that the BJP attempted to bribe legislators in Gujarat, failing which they ordered the probe.