Income Tax raids on Reddy brothers and other MLs

Income Tax officials on Monday conducted raids at around 60 places in Karnataka, targeting seven ruling BJP MLAs, including ministers G Janardhana Reddy and G Karunakara Reddy. IT raids were conducted at 60 to 65 places, mainly concentrating in Bangalore and Bellary whose action comes amidst allegations of horse-trading by both BJP and opposition. Business premises of seven legislators, including mining magnates Reddy brothers and their close associate and minister B Sriramulu were raided. Some mining companies were also raided by IT department. Besides Bangalore and Bellary, raids were also conducted in Hospet. Both the ruling BJP and opposition Congress and JD-S have been trading charges of horse-trading to poach on their respective MLAs.
The Opposition has lost four MLAs, who have resigned their Assembly membership, which the Congress and JD-S have alleged was an attempt by the BJP to shore up its numbers in the 224-member Assembly. 11 BJP MLAs had rebelled against the Yeddyurappa Government and withdrawn their support as also five independent legislators who have all been disqualified by the Speaker. The political crisis saw Yeddyurappa face the trial of strength in the Assembly twice.