TO RAISE MAT­TER AT VAR­I­OUS FORA So­nia Go-Ahead to Multi-Protest Plan

Poll Panel Seeks ‘Fac­tual Re­port’ From Fin Secy

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New Delhi: Congress will surely raisetheis­sueof “BJP­makinguseof cen­tral agen­cies to si­lence the op­po­si­tion” at var­i­ous fora, se­nior Congress lead­ers told ETon Tues­day.

This comes in re­sponse to the in­come-tax depart­ment con­duct­ing searches at 39 lo­ca­tions re­lated to Kar­nataka en­ergy min­is­ter DK Shivaku­mar. A se­nior party leader said Congress pres­i­dent So­nia Gandhi had called one of her close as­so­ciates on Wed­nes­day morn­ing and asked him to en­sure the mat­ter was raised at var­i­ous fora — courts, Par­lia­ment and streets. “She was clear that this vin­di­cates the party’s po­si­tion now and that we must g o a l l o u t against BJP’s brazen use of power,” the leader added.

He said the Congress lead­er­ship felt the in­ci­dent brought out the “truth about BJP pan­ick­ing about its win in the RS polls in Gu­jarat”. “The lead­er­ship feels even if the party wins, the grace has gone out of the vic­tory. We will strate­gise soon on how to raise the issue of agen­cies be­ing used by BJP to si­lence us,” he added.

EC has sought a “fac­tual re­port” from the fi­nance sec­re­tary on Congress’s al­le­ga­tion that its MLAs from Gu­jarat were in­tim­i­dated by cen­tral forces in a Kar­nataka re­sort dur­ing an in­come-tax raid, a se­nior poll panel func­tionary said. The func­tionary, who re­fused to be quoted, said the fi­nance sec­re­tary has been asked to send a “fac­tual re­port by Friday evening” on the al­le­ga­tions. — PTI

‘The lead­er­ship feels even if the party wins, the grace has gone out of the vic­tory’

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