Amid the ongoing raids on close aides of Congress leader and Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath in multiple locations, the Income-tax sleuths on Tuesday raided different locations related to Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP Galla Jayadev.
Confirming the raids, TDP spokesperson Lanka Dinakar said Jayadev, along with other TDP leaders, are staging a 'Dharna' against the raids.
"Union Government is carrying out vendetta politics in Andhra Pradesh on behalf of his B-team Jaganmohan Reddy. This IT raid against Jayadev is because he called on Prime Minister in Lok Sabha. He is now being agonised just before elections. Jayadev is one of the highest income taxpayers in Andhra Pradesh," said Dinakar.
Following the raids, Jayadev alleged that he is being targeted for being an outspoken critic of the ruling government at the Centre and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Speaking to reporters in the matter, the TDP MP said, "It is happening at three locations where my election team was staying. I am demanding an explanation as to why we are being targeted. This country under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going down a fascist path. Because I have spoken against him, initiated a non-confidence motion against him, I am being targeted like this."
"Why is TDP being targeted in Andhra Pradesh? If EC and all government agencies are working impartially it should be happening to people of all parties. This is an attempt by the government to influence the elections. We are moving towards a state of emergency in the country," he added.
The income tax department began raids on Sunday morning at the residences of Praveen Kakkar in Indore and former advisor to Kamal Nath R K Miglani in Delhi, on charges of alleged tax evasion. I-T department officials conducted searches at several locations in Indore, Bhopal, Goa, and NCR.
(With ANI inputs)
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