It looks like the Income Tax officials are taking a Dussera break now in their searches in the two Telugu States. According to the information available, the searches resume from Monday, October 22.
The IT officials have in their possession several important documents seized from the house of Telugu Desam Party Rajya Sabha member C M Ramesh in Hyderabad. The documents and a dozen pen drives were reportedly from the two digital lockers of Ramesh.
Now armed with the enough evidences to prove the corruption charges and disproportionate properties, the IT officials are waiting for the Durgadevi festival to go. This round of raids is likely to start from Guntur district targeting the Cabinet Ministers, who have been close to Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu in the financial dealings.
The Bharatiya Janata Party leadership is firm on closing all doors of Chandrababu Naidu ahead of the elections. The party plans to tie the TDP chief’s hands and close all his financial sources before the State goes for the elections. Interestingly, this is what the BJP had done in Uttar Pradesh by demonetisation. It had tied the hands of Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party’s Mayawati ahead of the elections and thus had won the State.
The same strategy is set to be repeated in Andhra Pradesh ahead of elections, though not in the form of demonetisation but in the form of closing the financial sources of the TDP. There are at least half a dozen Ministers in the State Cabinet on whom the BJP is set to use the IT and ED officials in the next couple of weeks.
The BJP has its big team – Ram Madhav, Sunil Deodhar and G V L Narasimha Rao – working on this plan as guided by Amit Shah and Narendra Modi. This was the Plan B of the BJP to hit at the TDP in the State. The Plan A, to engineer defections to the BJP from TDP, had failed as the BJP had lost its ground in the State with the intensive campaign by the TDP on denial of special category status. The TDP had thus succeeded in painting BJP as villain and because of this the TDP leaders are not ready to join the party, thus forcing the BJP to keep the Plan A aside and go for the Plan B.