Gujarat Congress 44 MLAs in Bengaluru not allowed to go out

Election Commission asks Gujarat’s BJP government to submit a report on Congress’ defection claims

The Income Tax department today conducted raids at Karnataka's Minister for Energy DK Shivakumar's residence, and at the Eagleton Golf resort where 44 Congress Gujarat MLAs are holed up to prevent their poaching by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of Rajya Sabha polls.

Meanwhile, in Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley clarified that the Income Tax raids had nothing to do with Gujarat polls.

Shivakumar's brother D K Suresh Kumar, and close friend MLC S Ravi's residences have also been raided.

He said the IT officials searched "at least four rooms" at the resort and also asked questions to some of the MLAs about their presence there.

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Earlier in the day, Congress cornered the government in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha over the Income Tax raids against Shivakumar.

"After using the state machinery and every other agency, these I-T raids show their utter desperation and frustration", he said on Twitter.

Forty-one Congress legislators were taken to the resort near Bengaluru late last Friday after six of their colleagues quit the party, depleting the party's numerical strength in the Gujarat assembly to 51 ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections.

Congress Party on Wednesday moved Supreme Court against "None of the Above" (NOTA) option in Rajya Sabha elections.

The I-T department issued a statement denying the raids were related to the stay of the Gujarat MLAs.

Addressing the media here, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that during the Rajya Sabha elections NOTA was put up in the ballet paper, which created a lot of confusion. The use of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for security while conducting searches is a violation of rules for conducting IT searches, Siddaramaiah said. "The fact is-Congress is losing its hold and political importance that's why they are upset", he said.

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