The Income Tax officials have conducted random searches in the two Telugu States, focusing more on the ruling parties and the Congress. The IT officials have raided the houses of the Telangana Rastra Samithi, Telugu Desam Party and the Congress in the two States, which shook the State. While the TRS remained silent on the raids, the TDP had tried to blame the BJP leadership for the witch-hunt.
The searches in Andhra Pradesh are differed for some reasons. But, surprisingly, the Enforcement Directorate had entered the scene to continue the searches. The ED officials from Chennai have raided the offices of former Union minister Y S Chowdary who heads Sujana Group of Companies. The eye is on the links of the former minister as former CBI director K Vijayarama Rao’s son Srinivas is one of the directors of the companies owned by the former Union minister.
Chowdary himself is accused of bank fraud but avoiding cases because of his relationship with the BJP national leadership. However, the ED officials have laid their hands on his companies and initially found that several companies were floated from single address and there were fake agreements and fake transactions.
The documents that were seized by the ED officials pose a threat of arrest of the former Union minister and others in the case. The ED is also expected to spread its hands to several TDP leaders in Andhra Pradesh who have family businesses.
Majority of the ruling TDP leaders in Andhra Pradesh are either contractors or business persons and their presence in politics is seen as an excuse to patronise their business. This being the reality, the ED searches ahead of the elections, are set to put the ruling TDP in big trouble. However, the TDP is trying to gain sympathy by blaming the BJP for the raids.
It is to be seen whether the people would see the raids as regular task of the officials or as witch-hunt as being alleged by the TDP.