TTV Dinakaran on I-T raids: PM Modi, FM Jaitley trying to destroy our family

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TTV Dinakaran on I-T raids: PM Modi, FM Jaitley trying to destroy our family

TTV Dinakaran has hit out at PM Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley following Income Tax department raids at the Poes Garden residence of late Jayalalithaa.

Following the Income Tax raids at the Poes Garden residence of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dinakaran today launched a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Dinakaran accused PM Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of political vendetta. "(Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley and PM (Narendra Modi) are trying to destroy our family using the I-T, which is under their control. We are not scared and we will not run away," Dinakaran said.

Dinakaran also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for trying to break police truce with the opponents of Jayalalithaa after her death. Dinakaran also accused Chief Minister E Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam of "going to any extent to safeguard their positions".

TTV Dinakaran, who was in Tuticorin, said, "When Amma was in hospital and PM, who claims that he was her friend, never visited Amma. But today, he has gone and visited Karunanithi. We never made this as political issue."

"Neither EPS nor OPS or a minister was present outside when the I-T department raided the house. Only our supporters had gathered outside. This shows that OPS and EPS will go to any extent to safeguard their positions," Dinakaran said.

INCOME TAX RAID AT POES

Earlier, in an sudden turn of events, the Income Tax department late last night arrived at former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence in Chennai to conduct a raid. Officials said that they were there to search the room used by Sasikala and Poongundran, Jayalalithaa's personal secretary.

"We received an input that some important electronic storage devices are going to be clandestinely removed from two rooms," was the word from the IT officials. The raid that lasted till 1:30am saw action packed sequences.

While the raid was underway, TTV faction supporters had gathered to showcase their anger and disappointment. "This is our temple of worship and vendetta politics is the root cause of all this," said a party cadre.

"TTV Dinakaran and Sasikala's popularity is increasing popularity and (that is why) all this a ploy against them," added Apsara Reddy, supporter of the sidelined faction of AIADMK.

SECURITY TIGHTENED

Meanwhile, the security of the Poes Garden has been beefed up after I-T officials left the place in the wee hours today. Four check posts have been set up on the way to Vedhanaliyam - the residence of late Jayalalithaa. More than 100 policemen have also been deputed to ensure tight vigil.

As many as 187 locations including offices of the AIADMK mouthpieces - Jaya TV and Namadhu MGR, which are under Sasikala faction's control - were raided between November 9 and 13. The raids were conducted on the properties and alleged shell companies that belonged to Sasikala, her family and close aides.