Kumaraswamy warns to use ‘Mamata Banerjee tactics’ against taxmen amidst fears of I-T raids

Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has raised fears of possible Income Tax raids on Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) functionaries ahead of the parliamentary elections, and threatened that he he wouldn’t shrink away from using “Mamata Banerjee’s tactics” against any official found indulging in such conduct.

Last month, a five-member CBI team that arrived at the residence of the Kolkata top cop to quiz him on the Rose Valley and Saradha ponzi scams was shortly detained on the orders of theWest Bengal Chief Minister.

Mamta Banerjee later staged a “Save the Constitution” dharna in Kolkata from February 3 to 5 to oppose the Centre’s alleged vindictiveness towards opposition-ruled states.

‘CRPF personnel brought in to assist I-T officials’

The CM alleged that CRPF personnel had been brought in from various parts of the country to help Income Tax officials in conducting raids aimed at opposition leaders.

He said he had received definite information that 200-300 CRPF personnel have been brought in to carry out raids at 5 am on Thursday,” he said.

Kumarswamy warned the Centre against indulging in “politics of vendetta” to weaken opponents ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

“I know the game that Income Tax officials are playing in this final stage of the election. They should exercise caution… they will end up repenting if they continue to act as agents of a political party,” he said.

Income Tax officials were not immediately available for comment.

The Karnataka Congress alleged that the Income Tax department, the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI now seemed to have the only object of helping the BJP to win.

“This is the first time in the history of India that a Prime Minister has misused autonomous institutions with such flagrant disregard. The people will teach him a lesson,” it tweeted.