Hours after the Income Tax department officials had stormed into the residence of DMK President MK Stalin's daughter Senthamarai in Neelankarai, Chennai, DMK Youth Wing Secretary and Stalin's son Udhayanadhi Stalin has issued a challenge to the IT officials to come to his residence and conduct IT raids if they dare. The challenge from the DMK leader has come when the IT raids are still underway in the residence of Stalin's daughter and son-in-law Sabareesan.
Udhayanidhi Stalin, who will be contesting from the Chepauk-Triplicane constituency for the first time in the upcoming polls, has been one of the party leaders taking charge of the campaign across the state. Udhayanidhi Stalin was campaigning in Madathukulam in Tirupur amid the IT raids conducted at his younger sister's residence. During the campaign, Udhayanidhi Stalin had issued a challenge to the Income Tax department to conduct a raid at his residence. He had put out his address and asked the IT sleuths to come to his residence.
He said, "Mr. Modi and Mr. Amit Shah, I am not Edappadi Palaniswami or OPS (O Panneerselvam) to fear you or to bow down to you. I am Udhayanidhi Stalin and I am the grandson of Kalaignar. I will be not be scared of your intimidation. Do whatever you can". By addressing the voters, he said, "You would have seen the television, there was an IT raid in my sister Senthamarai's residence. I am giving another challenge. You (IT officials) have gone. I am giving the address of my residence. Come to my residence and launch the raid if you dare. I will show you what I have".
Udhayanidhi's staunch response has come when the IT sleuths had been unveiling back-to-back raids not only at the residence of Stalin's daughter but at the residences of DMK's candidate Senthil Balaji and Annadurai, who is the DMK's MP in Tiruvannamalai. The raid has come a week after the IT officials had raided the properties of Senior DMK leader EV Velu.
Responding to the IT raids, DMK President MK Stalin said, during the campaign rally, "I am telling Modi, this is DMK. Don't forget it. I am Karunanidhi's son. I won't get scared about such raids". By referring to his imprisonment during the Emergency period, Stalin said, "This is a Stalin who has come through MISA and Emergency".
"We won't get scared regardless of how many raids you conduct. There are only four days for the election and they (Modi and ADMK) think that they can somehow threaten us and keep us at home. This won't happen with the DMK. It will only happen in ADMK", the DMK President added. Stalin went on to flay the state ruling ADMK for getting intimidated by the tactics of the BJP ruling Central government.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and wrote, "Raiding the opposition is BJP’s coping mechanism when facing electoral defeat." While addressing the reporters concerning the IT raids, DMK General Secretary Duraimurugan said, "The IT officials are involved in the searches with the politically motivated agenda during the election time. It shows the effect of the fear of the BJP alliance that they will lose the elections. It neither is democratic nor warrants to be decent politics. DMK will not fear for such IT raids".
Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) Chief Thol. Thirumavalavan said that the IT raids are planned and revenge-seeking political moves. Thirumavalan took to Twitter and wrote, "Income Tax raids on DMK leader's daughter's home. This is a consequence of the BJP’s fear of failure. It's planned, systematic targetting of the opposition. People are aware of such politically motivated threats. They will teach a lesson to BJP in the forthcoming election."
DMK's Youth wing secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin tosses a challenge to the IT department to come to his residence and conduct IT raid. This comes after the IT sleuths are conducting raid at the residence of MK Stalin's daughter Senthamarai.#DMK #ITRaid #MKStalin @thenewstuffin pic.twitter.com/etwMz7xKs0— Alagu muthu eswaran (@AMeswaran) April 2, 2021