IT raids on Karnataka Energy Minister, Rs 9 crore recovered

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

Kapil Sibal, a veteran lawyer and former union minister reached the election commission with a representation alleging that attempts were being made to scare the Gujarat legislators. BJP against NOTA in RS polls The BJP moved the Election Commission on Wednesday, seeking withdrawal of its decision to introduce NOTA in Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls, saying a political consensus has to be built first. "The more the Congress tries to use its muscle and strength in the Parliament on such issues, it paints its face black every time, it shames itself" BJP leader G.V.L. Narasimha Rao told ANI. Taxmen searched the home of ministers as well as the Eagleton Golf resort at 7 am today.

The Congress on Wednesday accused the BJP government of using investigative agencies to intimidate the opposition ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections after the Income Tax department searched the residences of a Karnataka minister in Delhi and Bengaluru.

He has also urged Supreme Court to intervene.

Since the NOTA option has been added to the election if any lawmaker defies the party and chooses to vote for NOTA the lawmaker can not be disqualified.

Shivakumar, who was in-charge of the 44 MLAs lodged there to prevent the BJP from alleged efforts to "poach" them, was at the resort when the search took place, the official said.

The raid prompted reactions from a number of politicians with Congress leaders alleging that BJP is targeting MLAs from the party.

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A board of members of the BJP tried to convince Election Commission officials to remove the voting option, a day after the Congress party made a similar demand.

In the Rajya Sabha polls, the MLAs have to show their ballot paper to an authorized party agent before putting it in ballot box. The move to hold the classes came at a time when a few MLAs from flood-hit constituencies of Gujarat had reportedly expressed their intention to go back, anxious about the public opinion going against them.

Congress leaders, who were not satisfied by Jaitley's response gathered in the well and shouted slogan against the government, and walked out of the house.

The department's director general, however, has refuted the allegations, and said that the searches were planned well in advance.

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to stay use of "None of the Above" (NOTA) option in the upcoming Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls to be held on August 8.

Summary: A candidate requires 45 MLAs to win after the strength of the Assembly came down to 176 after six Congress MLAs resigned.

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