I-T Raids Ahead of Bypolls Linked To BJP's Internal Revolt: Ex-Karnataka Chief Minister

HD Kumaraswamy also attacked the Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah for calling JD(S) the "B" team of BJP.

I-T Raids Ahead of Bypolls Linked To BJP's Internal Revolt: Ex-Karnataka Chief Minister

Old Congress was different from the current Congress, HD Kumaraswamy said (File)

Kalaburagi, Karnataka:

Taking a dig at the BJP government in Karnataka, Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) leader and former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Thursday said Income Tax (I-T) Department raids across the state might have a link with the party's 'internal revolt'.

"Ahead of by-polls in Karnataka, the I-T department is conducting raids. Especially, BS Yediyurappa's son BY Vijayendra's aide's house has been raided. It may be linked with BJP's internal revolt," said the JD(S) leader while talking to media.

HD Kumaraswamy also attacked the Congress leader and Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Karnataka Assembly Siddaramaiah for calling JD(S) the "B" team of BJP.

"How is Siddaramaiah calling the JD(S) 'B' team of BJP? He was the main reason that helped BJP take more seats in the 2018 assembly election. I have not neglected the Muslim community. JD(S) has given a lot to the Muslim community. We have fielded educated candidates in by-polls. Siddaramaiah has no morality, he should work hard to control the BJP," the JD(S) leader said.

Commenting on BJP's claim that former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda praised Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Mr Kumaraswamy said, "Yes, but my father praised old RSS, not today's. Same with Congress, too. Old Congress was different from the current Congress. We should educate the people."

When asked about his party's support to the recently declared results of the by-poll in Kalaburagi, he said that he has not yet decided on the matter as he is "analysing the socio-economic problems being faced by Kalaburagi city people."

"I will join the hands, who will do the best for the city. BJP's second face is Congress. There are no differences. Both are not secular," he added.

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