Mysuru, March 29:- “I-T raids can’t stop the victory of my son Nikhil. The I-T raids have been done to help the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-supported independent candidate, Sumalatha Ambareesh. We are not scared of such raids,” said Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.
He was speaking to media persons in the city on Thursday.
“Let them raid our houses though they are not supposed to raid a chief minister’s house. So far, during I-T raids, local police used to give security, but why did they use CRPF jawans this time? You mean there is no corruption in India. Is B S Yeddyurappa an honest man? Everyone knows how much money he has accumulated. Isn’t BJP spending money in Shivamogga? Are they seeking votes by speaking about the achievements of their candidate? What was the need to conduct raids targeting Janata Dal (Secular) leaders? A close aide of H D Deve Gowda, Paramesh owns a small shop. The I-T officials didn’t even spare him. Why have they not raided the houses of Shivamogga BJP leaders?” Kumaraswamy questioned.
“Yeddyurappa’s corruption cases are well known. K S Eshwarappa says cash worth Rs 1.5 crore money was found in Vidhana Soudha. Who gave him the information? Do BJP leaders work honestly to earn money? Do they have two money counting machines to count the stolen money? Did they find tonnes of money belonging to Kumaraswamy? They are trying to create a situation of fear by these raids,” he added.
“I have responded to the raids at Mandya. I-T raids ahead of elections is politically-driven. I have no objection for the legal raids. I-T Department is there to unearth black money. What do you say about the raids on government offices? PWD office of Hassan has been raided. Kanakapura tahsildar office raided. These are new developments. Raids have been held at 20-30 places. Is Yeddyurappa facing elections with folded hands and speaking about Modi’s achievements and without spending money? Permission of I-T department should be taken to transport Rs 2 lakh. Balakrishna didn’t inform about finding Rs 2 crore. Yeddyurappa has not clarified about the dairy. He says it is fake. Then which one is real? According to the information I have received, one person from BJP collects information and gives it to Amit Shah, who directs Balakrishna to raid,” he said.
“The central government is not ready to conduct a transparent election. They know that people will defeat BJP. We will continue our political fight. We are not bothered about any raids. If they think they can get the BJP candidate elected in Mandya by this, it is just a dream,” he added.
“BJP is conducting a surgical strike here. Let people of the country see this. On Wednewsday, they said they shot down a satellite like China, Russia and the United States did. It was not done by Narendra Modi, but by our scientists,” he said. (MR/KS)