The Congress was quick to accuse the BJP of steering an unprecedented witch-hunt all for a lone Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat claiming that Shivakumar was being targeted intentionally for his pivotal role in keeping the Gujarat MLAs together.
Shivakumar who was in Delhi had reportedly returned from Delhi at 1230am on Wednesday morning and reached the resort after he was informed about the raids.
More raids are underway at various locations connected with Karnataka Minister for Energy D K Shivakumar.
The Congress members vociferously raised the issue in both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha, forcing four adjournments of the Upper House before the final one for the day at 2.45pm.
Congress leader Anand Sharma said it is now becoming a trend to blatantly misuse powers of the state.
The Congress has accused the BJP of "stealing" its MLAs in Gujarat ahead of the polls and have flown them to Bangalore to ensure their safety.
As the raids on the resort triggered angry reactions from the Congress, the IT department said the resort is not being raided.
Today, a Supreme Court Bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra issued notice to the Centre, the Election Commission, and the Gujarat Vidhan Sabha in a writ petition filed by Shailesh Manubhai Parmar, Chief Whip of the Indian National Congress in the Gujarat Legislative Assembly. "We would have returned to our state and they could have conducted raids", he said. "Ahmed Patel will surely win", Solanki said. Sources said that each room of the resort where the Gujarat legislators are presently holed up is being searched apart from an audit of bills for their stay, to track down the money trail. "The fact is-Congress is losing its hold and political importance that's why they are upset", he said.
"Therefore, the BJP demands that direction for using NOTA option in the election for Rajya Sabha in the state of Gujarat be withdrawn with immediate effect", the BJP said.