In what can be called a shocking development regarding the raids by the Income Tax Department in multiple properties of Karnataka Power Minister DK Shivakumar, his mother has now alleged that the Congress party is the one who is behind these raids.
These statements come at a time when several leaders of the Congress party are alleging that the BJP Government in the Center is misusing its power to direct the Income Tax Department to conduct raids on political opponents.
DK Shivakumar’s mother Gowramma spoke to a local Kannada channel Public TV and revealed that her son had fallen victim to an internal feud within Congress party. She alleged that it was Siddaramiah had unleashed the IT Dept behind her son to take revenge on him.
Further she said that Siddaramiah ha come to power only because of her two sons, and now that he sees DKS as a competitor to the Chief Minister’s Chair, he is trying to eliminate him from the race.
“Siddaramaiah has always been sharpening the knife against my son. He could be behind the I-T raids. They are jealous of my son, they want to harm him. Siddaramaiah makes use of my son and has repeatedly betrayed him. My sons (Shivakumar and D K Suresh) have been toiling to build the party.
In fact, Siddaramaiah progressed in his political life because of Shivakumar. But today, Siddaramaiah is announcing Anna Bhagya (distribution of rice) and Ksheera Bhagya (distribution of milk), did he get money for these programs from his father’s house? Why has Siddaramaiah not come out and asked I-T officials why they are raiding my son?,” said Gowramma.
The Income Tax Department had also DK Shivakumar’s ancestral home in Kanakapura Taluk, where his mother lives. The raids at her residence continued till 2.30 AM on Wednesday morning, and nothing very significant was found there revealed IT officials.
Congress is yet to give an official comment on the issue. But based on the developments in the state and considering that DK Shivakumar had a lot of money power, he was very much in the race for the next Chief Minister’s post.
Dissent among the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee against Chief Minister Siddaramiah is becoming more and more evident day by day. Recently senior Congress leader A.H. Viswanath had also openly criticized Siddaramiah.