New Delhi, Oct 10: Soon after the Income Tax Department(IT) carried out raids at different locations linked to Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot in the matter of alleged tax evasion, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednseday accused the NDA led BJP Government at the Centre of unleashing Central agencies against it to ‘’intimidate’’ the party.
Addressing a press conference here over the raids, AAP leader Atishi said, “Every possible agency whether it is CBI , Income Tax, ED or the Delhi Police has been unleashed by the Central Government against AAP. Continuing the episodes, it has added one more today. The Income Tax Department department carried out raids in the residence of Kailash Gahlot and his different establishments in 15 to 16 locations.”
She alleged that the Central Government has been using its agencies to intimidate the AAP.
“The question is that how come the Centre suddenly remembered Kailash Gahlot. The reason behind this raid is that under Mr Gahlot’s leadership AAP is fighting a strong battle in the case of Parliamentary secretaries related to 20 AAP MLAs. Whether it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi or BJP president Amit Shah, they want the 20 MLAs to be disqualified as early as possible,” Ms Atishi said.
Stating that this was not the first incident where AAP Ministers, MLAs and leaders were being raided by the Central Agencies, the party leader said, “ If we see the history of last few years, CBI on December 17, 2017, conducted raid at Chief Minister office. After that, multiple times , the CBI carried out raids on the residence of Satyendar Jain (Delhi Health Minister) and his office and later , at Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s residence.”
Claiming that AAP is the only party whose almost 100 per cent donation comes through banking channels, cheques and online donations, Ms Atishi said despite that party gets an income tax notice every other day. (UNI)