‘Constitutionally created institutions are being misused to destroy opposition’: HD Deve Gowda on I-T raids in Karnataka

Bengaluru: Janata Dal (Secular) president HD Deve Gowda has alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi was using central agencies to target opposition parties ahead of the national polls.

The Income Tax (I-T) Department is carrying out a massive search and seizure operation in Karnataka against many people associated with the ruling Janata Dal (Secular), including Minor Irrigation Minister CS Puttaraju, a key man of the party in Mandya.

Deve Gowda said he was watching how constitutionally created institutions were being used, misused to target the opposition parties.

“The quantum of money Modi spent for the election in 2014 — how many aircraft engage, how many choppers engage’, the 86-year-old former Prime Minister said.

“From where that money came? I have been watching everything for the last five years. I have kept quiet.”

He claimed that the trademark of PM Modi’s elections speeches was his conceit. “I was watching today, what type of speeches? He thinks he’s the only honest man, all others are corrupt?

Earlier Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had claimed that vindictive I-T raids against the JD(S) and the Congress were in the offing. He also threatened to launch a protest like West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over “misuse” of institutions by the Centre.

Minister for Public Works H.D. Revanna said the raids would benefit the JD(S) increase its vote share.

“These raids are politically motivated and will not affect us in any sense. In fact, we will get 10% more votes because of these raids,” he claimed.