Late night raids at "Veda Nilayam", late former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's residence by the Income Tax department has started a huge political controversy in Tamil Nadu. "Amma's atma (soul) won't pardon EPS and OPS", he added, referring to chief minister E Palanisami and his deputy, O Panneerselvam and accused them of going to any extent to safeguard their positions.
Speaking to reporters in Madurai, around 500 km from here, Palaniswami without naming anybody said due to wrongdoings of some persons the raids had happened at Jayalalithaa's residence.
During the last week, the IT department conducted massive raids across the state.
Addressing the media following the raid, the sidelined AIADMK leader said Modi and Jaitley is trying to destroy his family.
The raids, however, did not evoke much response in the state unlike in the past when any action against Jayalalithaa met with protests, sometimes even violence by her supporters.
Dismissing reports of an alleged political motive behind the searches, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan said the I-T operation was based on specific information.
IT team searches two rooms of Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden
Dinakaran, who heads a faction of the AIADMK, called the raid a conspiracy to drive him and Sasikala out of politics.
The Chief Minister conceded it was a painful development.
DMK Working President M.K. Stalin waded into the controversy seeking details as to what came out of the raid at Jayalalithaa's house and in various other places connected with Sasikala and her family.
Meanwhile, there was high drama outside the Poes Garden residence as ardent AIADMK supporters, a lot of them supporters of sidelined leader and Sasikala's newphew, TTV Dhinakaran, gathered in protest.
This comes just a week after the IT official raided on Sasikala's family members and premises of Jaya TV in Chennai and unearthed an unaccounted income of over Rs 1,400 crore. About 10 IT officials are said to have entered the channel's office in Ekkatthuthangal around 6 am on November 9.More news: Chinese envoy heads to North Korea for rare talks