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Congress accuses Modi govt of 'hounding' opposition with 'motivated' I-T raids ahead of polls

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi/Chennai 

The on Wednesday accused the of targeting opposition leaders by using agencies like the and Enforcement Directorate, and said the people of will give a befitting reply to the BJP in these elections.

A day after income tax sleuths along with poll flying squad carried out raids at the residence of DMK at Tuticorin, senior P Chidambaram, in a series of tweets, said "the news" is that nothing was found during searches in her residence.

The former minister alleged that the was taking "autocratic and partial" action in in the run up to Lok Sabha elections.

"How is it that tip off on opposition leaders alone is received (by officials)," he wondered in his tweet in Tamil.

He also said, "The marker of the 2019 in is the Income Tax departments autocratic and partial steps."

alleged that motivated I-T raids is the only tool left with Narendra Modi, and said the people can see through this.

"Hounding Opposition leaders through motivated IT raids is the only tool left with Modiji. BJP has four allies- PM Modi, Sh Shah, ED and IT to fight these elections. People of are seeing through this, they will give a befitting reply to BJP on May 23," Surjewala said on

At the AICC briefing, when asked about the raids, Congress claimed that BJP is "flooded" with money and yet authorities are targeting opposition which is facing a cash "drought".

"We all know that if any party is flooded with money, it is the BJP. The opposition is going through a drought period.

"And who is being targeted, those who are suffering from drought and those who are flooded are not being targeted. That's the beauty of Indian democracy and this government," he told reporters.

"Cash : BJP flooded, Opposition drought. Yet Opposition raided (Kanimozhi). I guess Income Tax Authorities convinced BJP fighting this election without cash," Sibal also tweeted.

Election officials had Tuesday held searches at the residence of in Tuticorin in south from where she is contesting.

Authorities conducted a search at a store in Theni Lok Sabha constituency Tuesday night following inputs about suspected cash, during which police had to open fire in the air to disperse supporters of the TTV Dhinakaran-led AMMK, who objected to the action.

During the raids, cash to the tune of Rs 1.48 crore allegedly stashed to bribe voters was seized.

The store was believed to be run by a supporter of the Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK). Tamil Nadu goes to polls tomorrow.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 15:55 IST
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