The Income tax officials conducted raids at the offices of Telugu Desam Party Lok Sabha candidate Galla Jayadev from Guntur in Andhra Pradesh. Galla Jayadev is a multi-millionaire industrialist and owner of Amara Raja group. Named as one of the richest lawmakers he declared his wealth worth over 680 crore.
Alleging the IT raids to be a deliberate attempt by the ruling party to influence the elections Galla Jayadev staged protests along with other TDP leaders in Guntur.
Galla Jayadev contested the elections for first time in 2014. He created a buzz in the social media with his speech during the introduction of no-confidence motion in Parliament.
Expressing his anguish Galla Jayadev said “Why am I being targeted? Why is the TDP being targeted? The country is moving towards emergency and fascism.”
Opposition parties across the country have been accusing the ruling BJP government for using the IT Department to harass and intimidate opposition leaders and influence polls.
A string of raids were conducted on leaders linked to Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, BSP Chief Mayawati, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath among others.
However, the IT officials maintained that the raids were not politically motivated.
The Election commission had earlier issued instructions to the enforcement agencies under Finance Ministry to remain politically neutral while undertaking pre-poll searches.