In the native village of JD(S) supreme HD Deve Gowda, Haradanapalli, the Income Tax officials have conducted raids at Lord Shiva temple on Friday. Politically, these raids have invited huge criticism from JDS leaders. From past few days, IT raids took place at residences of Deve Gowda's close aides and JDS-Congress leaders are strongly opposing it.
According to wife of temple's priest, 2 IT officials have initially performed searches at the priest's residence and later entered temple premises. In the end, the Income Tax authorities made an attempt to enter the sanctum sanctorum (Garba Gudi), by the priest's family denied them from entering that place. 'Finally, they left this place empty handed,' said Neelamma, wife of temple priest. She revealed to media that IT officials have questioned them whether Deve Gowda's money is in their residence.
Reacting to the episode, Deve Gowda's son and Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy made some harsh comments on Bharatiya Janata Party. 'The IT officials haven't spared the Hindu temples as well. BJP claims that it is a Hindu party and today, it has motivated IT officials to raid our temple. They have left the temple empty-handed and their action of desecrating temple will totally eradicate BJP,' attacked CM of Karnataka. He has alleged, in his election rally, that BJP is trying to harrass opposition through IT raids and added 'previously, raids were on houses and offices but it is now extended to temples.' Both Congress and JD(S) are demanding an action against the IT officials who involved in the raids at Lord Shiva temple.
In one of his recent interviews to a TV channel, HD Kumaraswamy said that Narendra Modi is not going to come back to power.