One politician delighted at Congress leader Ahmed Patel’s Rajya Sabha victory is Karnataka’s energy minister
D.K. Shivakumar. His herding of 43 Gujarat Congress MLAs at a resort in Bengaluru, away from the BJP, paid off in the August 9 vote Patel narrowly won. The minister still has to explain to the income tax department the over Rs 100 crore allegedly in unaccounted-for properties. Shivakumar called the department’s August 2 raids the BJP’s vendetta and has promised a response after getting the probe reports.