Thoothukudi, Apr 17: DMK candidate for Thoothukudi Lok Sabha constituency Kanimozhi on Tuesday night accused that the "Election Commission and Income Tax (IT) were part of Modi tie-up".
Talking to newsmen soon after the completion of Income Tax raids in her house here, she said, "They are conducting searches because I am in the opposition. The IT officials came to my house and sought permission for conducting searches. When I asked them whom did they want to inquire, they replied "candidate." Further when I asked whether they possess necessary orders to conduct the searches, they have no answer. According to my knowledge, this is illegal."
"Despite that I extended full cooperation to the officials. I was issued summons at 9.30 pm and asked to report a statement at the spot. After two hours of search, the IT officials admitted that nothing was found in the house. The IT team returned empty handed," she claimed.
Kanimozhi, who is DMK's women wing president said the IT raid is 'anti-democratic' and the DMK will not be cowed down by these threats and intimidation, adding," We will emerge victorious.The ruling party is scared of our victory, hence they were carrying out raids to tarnish our image."
"Crores of rupees were stashed in the house of BJP candidate Tamilisai Soundararajan. Whether the IT will conduct searches in Tamilisai's house," she added.
Answering a query, she said, "They might have come with a desire to rescind the election in Thoothukudi Lok Sabha constituency, like the Vellore constituency, but their wish became futile."