Dinesh Gundu Rao calls I-T raids an assault on federalism and democracy

August 02, 2017 01:17 pm | Updated 03:16 pm IST - Bengaluru

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee working president Dinesh Gundu Rao.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee working president Dinesh Gundu Rao.

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee working president Dinesh Gundu Rao has reacted to the Income Tax Department conducting search and seizure operations at Eagleton Resort on Bengaluru’s outskirts where Gujarat Congress legislators have been kept and said that, “This is an assault by the BJP on federalism and democracy. Public institutions such as the I-T department and Enforcement Directorate have become play tools of the BJP and are acting at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Shah. It is unfortunate that these institutions are being used as political weapons.”

Repeatedly many of our Ministers houses and offices are being raided. Wednesday’s raid is to intimidate our people and MLAs from Gujarat. They are trying to destabilise the government here, he said.

This is a clear cut act of political conspiracy by the BJP. CBI, IT and ED have become the frontal organisations of the BJP, he said. Condemning the assistance of CRPF personnel taken by the I-T department for the raid, he said, “The State police was neither intimated nor aware of it. This is unheard of and an assault on the federal structure of the country as law and order is a State subject.”

“This is the price the country is paying for electing them. The BJP does not want an opposition and anyone who goes against them including the media are being targeted. It is has become a dictatorship rule. The Congress is united and we will fight it out. We will not be cowed down by the BJP’s dirty tactics. We have faith in the people of the State,” Mr. Rao added.

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