K’taka minister DK Shivakumar may be summoned by the I-T Department on Monday, say sources.

Ahead of Rajya Sabha polls Gujarat MLAS to fly to New Delhi to meet with Sonia Gandhi
news Politics Sunday, August 06, 2017 - 13:18

After a luxurious stay at the Eagleton Resort on the outskirts of Bengaluru, 42 Congress MLAs from Gujarat are all set to say goodbye to the city.

According to a Congress source, the MLAs held a meeting at the resort located in Ramanagara’s Bidadi area and decided to leave the city early on Monday morning.

“The Gujarat MLAs will fly to New Delhi on Monday morning. They are slated to meet the party high command tomorrow. The MLAs will leave Bengaluru in two filgts scheduled at 2.30 am and 6.30 am,” the source said.

The source said that the MLAs will be flown in Indigo aircraft. The Gujarat Congress leaders are slated to meet AICC supremo Sonia Gandhi for Raksha Bandhan celebrations and later fly out to Gujarat on Monday evening.

The Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat are slated to take place on August 8.

In the wee hours of July 29, 44 Congress MLAs from Gujarat were hurriedly ferried to Bengaluru.

This happened after six Congress MLAs quit the party with three defecting to the BJP in a span of 24 hours.  The high command ordered the remaining party legislators to pack up and fly to Karnataka – one of the remaining few Congress states.

Several MLAs protested, demanding they return to Gujarat after floods hit their constituencies. While two MLAs returned to their respective constituencies, the remaining legislators continued to wait at Eagleton Resort

The high command once again roped in the party crisis management expert and henchman – Energy Minister DK Shivakumar and his brother DK Suresh to handle the situation. The DK brothers, ever since, have ensure that the MLAs have a luxurious stay, despite the I-T raids on Shivakumar.

Unfazed by the 72-hour raid, Karnataka Energy Minister DK Shivakumar was back to performing his duties as a host to the Gujarat MLAs on Saturday.

Exuding confidence, DK Shivakumar led the 42 MLAs to meet Governor Vajubhai Vala. He also sang Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram along with the MLAs outside the Vidhana Soudha and smiled for the cameras.

Speaking to reporters, DK Shivakumar said that it is “not the time to say anything. I am not someone who violates the law and the Constitution. The truth will come out eventually. I hail from a village but I’m not a fool,” he added. 

Meanwhile, I-T sources say that DK Shivakumar and his associates have been issued summons by the I-T Department to appear for questioning from Monday. However, the Congress Minister has requested the Income Tax officials two days' time to sort out certain pressing commitments. The I-T Department is yet to respond to his request, the source added.