Chennai: DMK candidate Kanimozhi slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday for conducting I-T raids at her house in Thoothukudi of Tamil Nadu. Hitting out at the BJP, Kanimozhi said, “Over the last 5 years, every government agency has been exploited. They have become a part of BJP. CBI, ED, RBI, IT, EC all have been compromised. Only opposition leaders have been targeted repeatedly.”

Meanwhile, the Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday came out in support of DMK leader Kanimozhi and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to threaten the opposition parties. She claimed that Kanimozhi is being harassed as DMK is opposed to BJP’s divisive politics in south India.

While addressing a public rally at Murshidabad on Wednesday, Mamata Banerjee said, “It is a shame that BJP is using central agencies against opposition leaders and parties to harass them. Yesterday the Income Tax (department) without any reason raided Kanimozhi’s house. Just because DMK and its leader M K Stalin is opposed to Narendra Modi and BJP, they (DMK leaders) are being unnecessarily harassed.”

Banerjee added that the country has never seen a prime minister who is feared by everyone instead of being loved and respected. She said, “For us, a leader is such a person who is loved and respected by people from various sections of the society. But for the first time since Independence, we have a leader like the prime minister who is ruling the country by a reign of fear.”

DMK leader Kanimozhi is contesting from the Thoothukudi constituency in Tamil Nadu for the Lok Sabha polls on April 18. DMK president MK Stalin at Chennai said that the raids were an outcome of ‘fear of a damning defeat,’ for BJP’s candidate Tamilisai Soundararajan in Thoothukudi.

(With agency inputs)