Amid the political crisis in Rajasthan, the Income Tax Department on Sunday raided several locations belonging to Rajasthan Congress leaders Rajiv Arora and Dharmendra Rathore. According to news agency ANI, the Income Tax raids were underway in three states - Rajasthan, Delhi and Maharashtra.

The searches were going on in Jaipur, Kota, Delhi and Mumbai. According to ANI, the searches on the Congress leaders were being conducted after a complaint of tax evasion against them.

The income tax raids on Rajasthan Congress leaders comes at a time when the state is witnessing an major political crisis. Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot has rebelled against the CM Ashok Gehlot and he is threatening to bring down the Congress government.

Congress cries foul

Reacting to the I-T raids, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said that "BJP's lawyers" have arrived and asked when will the Enforcement Directorate come. "After all, BJP's lawyers came on the field. The Income Tax Department started raid in Jaipur. When will ED arrive?" Surjewala, who is in Jaipur to resolve the crisis, said.

According to reports, Pilot may not join the BJP, as reported earlier, and may form his own government. His power tussle with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot took an ugly turn after a SOG notice to the deputy CM over. 

The raids also came just before a crucial meeting of Congress MLAs. It is expected that the fate of the Gehlot government will be decided in the meeting. Pilot has reportedly refused to attend the meeting.


Posted By: Shashikant Sharma