Chennai: Late night income tax raid in the house where DMK’s Thoothukudi candidate Kanimozhi was staying in her Lok Sabha constituency has revealed nothing, said reports on Wednesday.
The development assumes significance as it comes in the wake of the election in another constituency, Vellore, being cancelled over cash haul. On Thursday, 39 seats in Tamil Nadu go to polls.
The raid spurred Kanimozhi to say, “BJP cannot prevent my success through this income tax raid. The raid is anti-democratic, deliberately planned and tested, and no documents have been seized.”
“They want to intimidate us through this. They have come to stop elections in Thoothukudi. DMK volunteers will be working with more enthusiasm,” she added.
Sources told ANI that information from the local administration prompted the action. They said Kanimozhi was present during the raids and she cooperated. The I-T department had reportedly got the information that “lots of cash” was stashed on the first floor of the house.
During the search, DMK supporters gathered outside the house and staged a protest, raising anti-PM Modi slogans.
Kanimozhi is the sister of DMK chief M K Stalin. Reacting to the raids, Stalin said, “BJP candidate Tamilisai Soundarajan’s premises have crores and crores of rupees kept there. Why no raids there? Who will take action? Modi used I-T department, Central Bureau of Investigation, judiciary and latest in the row is Election Commission of India to interfere in the electoral process.”
He added, “They are doing this because of the fear of losing.”
Alleging that cash was being used by others, he said, “This is basically murder of democracy. Rs 2000 note is being widely offered in
the elections, will you report this? In Theni constituency, Rs 1000 note is being offered to voters, what about that? Tamil Nadu minister Velumani is accused of distributing money, his close aide Sabesan’s premises is raided, no one reported, no news on this.”