Guntur TDP MP staged dharna protesting IT raids

The Income Tax officials raids targeting Guntur TDP MP Galla Jayadev, considered to be one of richest candidate in the country, last evening after period for poll campaign ends, created lot of political commotion in Guntur. He staged dahrna and walked up to the Guntur collector’s office in protest against the ‘crackdown’. The TDP workers raised slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of indulging in witch-hunt of the political rivals.

He accused that  “It is happening at three locations where my election team was staying. I am demanding an explanation of why we are being targeted. This country under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going down a fascist path. Because I have spoken against him, initiated a non-confidence motion against him, I am being targeted like this.”

Galla, an industrialist and the managing director of Amara Raja Group, was the richest candidate in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. He’s the face of TDP’s attack against NDA over the issue of special status for Andhra Pradesh. “Why is TDP being targeted in Andhra Pradesh? If EC and all government agencies are working impartially it should be happening to people of all parties. This is an attempt by the government to influence the elections. We are moving towards a state of emergency in the country,” Galla wondered.

Tax officials carried out searches on the residence of Gurrappa Naidu, chief accountant working with the Amara Raja Batteries, a company owned by Jayadev Galla. The Income Tax department authorities conducted the raids in Guntur town at around 6 pm. Naidu was questioned and reportedly detained for six hours. He was allegedly taken to an undisclosed location by the tax officials for questioning.

Galla tried to contact Naidu but his phone remained switched off. Immediately, the MP rushed to the chief accountant’s house and found it locked. Agitated over the development, the TDP leader, accompanied by hundreds of party workers and followers, went to the office of district collector to stage protest. Later, he headed to the local police station to lodge a complaint.

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