'After all big leaders from Delhi, was waiting for I-T': Akhilesh after tax raid on SP leader Rajeev Rai
Samajwadi Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said the income tax raid on the premises of his party leaders is not at all surprising to him and in the days to come, ED, CBI will also come. "Rumours will be spread; conspiracies will be hatched. But that will not stop Samajwadi Party's cycle for moving ahead. They now know that they are finished in the state. And that's why they have sent I-T. And Rajeev Rai has been working day and night for the development of the party. Why now? Had you known about this before, then you could have raided a month before. But only when the election comes, this central agency came to contest election here," Akhilesh said.
भाजपा का हार का डर जितना बढ़ता जायेगा, विपक्षियों पर छापों का दौर भी उतना बढ़ता जाएगा फिर भी सपा का रथ व हर कार्यक्रम बदस्तूर चलता जाएगा। अब तो जनता पूरी तरह भाजपा के ख़िलाफ़ विपक्ष के साथ खड़ी है, अब क्या बाइस के लिए भाजपा सरकार उप्र की बाइस करोड़ जनता के यहाँ छापे डालेगी। pic.twitter.com/yerCG1A107— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) December 18, 2021
"We have seen this before. Hasn't this happened with Azam Khan? With the farmers who were protesting against the farm laws? This is not a new tactic. Congress also did the same and the BJP has no new way," Akhilesh said.
Akhilesh also took to Twitter and said raids will now increase as the BJP fears defeat. "Now as the people of Uttar Pradesh stand against BJP, will they raid 22 crore people of the state?" Akhilesh tweeted.
Early on Saturday, an I-T team raided the house of Samajwadi Party leader Rajeev Rai. Manoj Yadav was another SP leader who came on I-T radar. Reacting to the raid, Rajeev Rai said to ANI that the government will make a case out of anything. "I have no criminal background or black money. I help people and the government did not like it. This is a result of that. If you do anything, then they will make a video, register an FIR and you will fight a case unnecessarily," the SP leader said.
Rajeev Rai is the national spokesperson of the Samajwadi Party. His personal website describes him as the most important person in Team Akhilesh when the party won the election in 2012. He was the Lok Sabha candidate for Ghosi in 2014. Rajeev Rai is also the founder and chairman of AVK Group of Institutions, a chain of institutions in Bengaluru.