IT officials and EC counducts searches at DMK leader Kanimozhi’s residence, two day before polls in Tamil Nadu

Two days before the polls to be held in Tamil Nadu, Income Tax Department and Election Commission officials conducted searches at the premises of Tuticorin residence of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader Kanimozhi based on the information from the District Collector. On Tuesday, Election Commission officials and Income tax officials left the residence without a word when they did not find any unaccounted cash or documents that needed to be seized.

DMK leader alleged that the raids conducted were anti-democratic, deliberately planned and tested. No documents were seized from the raids by the IT departments.

The DMK leader said that the IT officials accused PM Narendra Modi of trying to threaten the opponents into submission. DMK president MK Stalin also accused the Election Commission of targeting his party in the upcoming Lok Sabha election. He alleged Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) Tuticorin candidate Tamilisai Soundararajan of holding possession of crores of rupees. DMK president also accused the Election Commission and Income Tax Department of not conducting raids at the residences of the BJP candidates from the constituency.

Around 10 officials raided the house of the DMK leader, Kazimohi when she was present at her home. An IT official when suspected about the alleged conduct if raids in the premises of only DMK leaders, he said that the IT department received information of the storage of cash in the upper portion of the residence that might be used to influence the voters. The IT official said that with the information received by the District collector, they entered the residence along with the two squads with the intent of searching only cash and unaccounted money.

The DMK leader Kanimozhi is the daughter of the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu Karunanidhi.

Tamil Nadu will go to polls in the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections on April 18. The results will be announced on May 23.

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