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BJP on Witch-hunt to Win One RS Seat: Ahmed Patel

Patel was reacting to the income tax raids on Karanataka energy minister’s residence and 39 other premises including the resort where Congress had moved its 44 Gujarat MLAs

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Updated:August 2, 2017, 11:49 AM IST
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BJP on Witch-hunt to Win One RS Seat: Ahmed Patel
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New Delhi: Congress’ Rajya Sabha nominee from Gujarat accused the BJP of indulging in “unprecedented witch-hunt” to win one seat in the Upper House. Patel was reacting to the income tax raids on Karanataka energy minister’s residence and 39 other premises including the resort where Congress had moved its 44 Gujarat MLAs.

Patel said the I-T raids on the Congress minister shows the utter desperation and frustration of the BJP.

"After using the state machinery and every other agency, these I-T raids show their utter desperation and frustration," he said on Twitter.

The Income Tax Department on Wednesday conducted searches at multiple locations in Karnataka and Delhi related to Energy minister D K Shivakumar in connection with a tax evasion probe case. Shivakumar is hosting the Congress MLAs at a resort near Bengaluru.

Patel, who is also Congress President Sonia Gandhi's political secretary, is re-contesting for the Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat for the fifth time. He has been a Lok Sabha member three times before this.

BJP President Amit Shah and Union Minister Smriti Irani are also contesting besides Patel, for the three Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat going to elections on August 8.

The Congress has accused the BJP of "stealing" its MLAs in Gujarat ahead of the polls and have flown them to Bangalore to prevent defection.

Six Congress MLAs have quit the party since senior leader Shankarsinh Vaghela announced his resignation a few days ago.
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