MK Stalin questions status of previous searches in TN

The simultaneous Income Tax Department raids on Thursday at the places owned by sidelined AIADMK leaders VK Sasikala and TTV Dinakaran has evoked mixed reactions from the Opposition.
MK Stalin questions status of previous searches in TN
Leader of Opposition MK Stalin


Talking to reporters at DMK headquarters, Stalin said that he has been led to believe that the current raid would also hit a dead end like the previous ones. 
Listing out the various I-T raids conducted in the state since the BJP assumed office at the Centre, particularly the I-T visit to houses of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s relatives, Karur Anbunathan, sand mafia don Sekar Reddy, former chief secretary Rama Mohan Rao and state Health Minister Vijaya Baskar, Stalin said that if there were one or two it could be easily recollected but the list is unending. Likening the I-T raids of the recent years to the cartoon series “Kannitheevu” published in Daily Thanthi, the DMK working president wondered, “What has become of the past raids and what action was initiated on them? There is no answer to these questions. 
Hence, the thought has occurred that the ongoing raids would also be on the same basis.” Alleging that the raids would hit a cul-desac, he asked the media to put queries pertaining to the past raids to ministers or officials concerned.  Attributing political motives, Congress Legislature Party leader KR Ramsamy, said that the Centre should not use I-T raids to intimidate states and regional parties to fall in line. 
Meanwhile, CPI state secretary R Mutharasan said it was an act of political vendetta by the BJP government.  Naam Thamizhar leader P Seeman asked, “What is it other than a threat to those who are opposed to the BJP?” Surprise support: The raids also brought support to Dinakaran from Muslim organisations like SDPI, which stated that the BJP is trying to purge Sasikala’s family from politics, since they are blocking the saffron party from taking total control of the AIADMK

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