PM Modi Says, "Tax Raids Happening As Per Law, Not Part Of "Political Vendetta"

PM Modi Says, "Tax Raids Happening As Per Law, Not Part Of "Political Vendetta"

PM Modi Says, "Tax Raids Happening As Per Law, Not Part Of "Political Vendetta" (file image)

New Delhi: PM Modi said that the recent Income Tax raids on certain politicians were not part of "political vendetta" and things were happening as per the law.

The Prime Minister had also defended the decision to field Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur--the accused in Malegaon blast--from the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, saying she is a "symbol" for those who described Hindus as terrorists. He said that the PM will give a tough fight to the Congress there.

The BJP has fielded Sadhvi Pragya against the senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh from the seat in Madhya Pradesh.

"The decision (to field Thakur) is a befitting reply to individuals who linked a whole religion and culture to terror," the prime minister said taking a jibe at the Congress over saffron terror remarks.

PM Modi, in an interview to Times Now news channel said that the Income Tax raids were happening as per the law and were not part of any "political vendetta".

PM Modi had said the raids have all yielded proof of corruption, including siphoning of money from schemes meant for the most vulnerable sections of the society like children and expectant mothers.

The Prime Minister also responded to a question on loan defaulters Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi escaping the country and that when they realised that under the present government, they will have to return the loan; they escaped taking benefit of the system.

PM Modi said that in 2019, they have been brought to the steps of jails, after 2019, they will be in jail.

"Why aren't the critics talking about the fact that some have lost their cases on extradition while others are rotting in jail," he said.

The Prime Minister also asserted that the BJP will return to power with greater numbers and said even the NDA allies would do better than 2014 polls. It will be a complete majority, PM Modi said.