Telugu Desam Party senior leader and Rajya Sabha member C M Ramesh had blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party for the Income Tax raids on his houses and companies. He told media persons in Hyderabad that the IT raids were result of his fight against the Central government.
He gave three reasons for the IT raids on him. The first reason was his contest for the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) membership of the Parliament. He said BJP chief Amit Shah had personally requested him not to contest. But, he contested and won the election which had prompted the BJP to direct IT officials to raid his houses and companies.
The second reason was that he had given notices to the IT officials seeking information about their raids in the States like Gujarath and Rajasthan. He said he had asked the IT officials to provide information on the people and companies that were raided in these two States ruled by the BJP. There were no raids in the two States and the IT raids or ED raids are carried out only in the non-BJP ruled States.
The third reason he had given to justify his charge against the BJP was that his fight against the Central government particularly for the steel plant at Kadapa, his home district. Ramesh had carried out an indefinite hunger strike for the steel plant which caused serious political damage to the BJP. His fight had also exposed the BJP and its opportunist politics which is now reflected in the form of IT raids.
The TDP Rajya Sabha member said that the IT raids were a clear political vendetta of the BJP against its rivals. He asserted that the TDP would face these challenges and was ready to teach a lesson or two to the BJP. He further claimed that the TDP would not tolerate the BJP to suppress the rival parties. “The TDP is not just a regional party. It has a strong hold in the national politics ever since it was found in 1983. We will show the BJP its place in the next elections,” CM Ramesh said.