"The search team has no concern with the MLAs and there has been no contact with MLAs and the search team", the department said in a statement. "The minister's room alone was being searched", Ramesh said.
Brushing off the claims made by the Congress, Jaitley said the raids had to take place in the resort since the Karnataka minister "parked" himself there.
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President Dr GParameshwar, reacting to the raid on Minister Shivakumar house andproperties, said "that it was done only with political vengeance". Separately, the residence of Shivakumar, who was given the responsibility of being in-charge of the MLAs, came under the department's scanner, which conducted searches in 39 locations related to him as well. Rs. 5 crore in cash has been found in the minister's Delhi home, officials say. Astrologer Dwarakanath, the minister's brother have also been raided.
Opposition parties such as the Trinamool Congress, Left and other outfits joined the Congress, as the anti-BJP camp tried to portray the raids as part of the government's politics of vengeance.
"There was no search in the resort, no tax officer is at the resort".
Ironically, the ruling BJP in Gujarat has fielded Balwantsinh Rajput, who quit the Congress as Chief Whip, to contest against Patel. "This raid should not be linked with any Gujarat poll, this is on a purely economic offence", said Jaitley.
Congress leader Ahmed Patel said, in a tweet, that the "BJP is on an unprecedented witch-hunt just to win one Rajya Sabha seat".
"It's a political vendetta by a desperate party (BJP) and its governments in the state (Gujarat) and in New Delhi to frighten the opposition members", party's state unit spokesman Dinesh Gundu Rao told reporters here.
Anyhow, the Congress party stated that the Gujarat Rajya Sabha candidate Ahmed Patel would win the elections. "Raids were held at the behest of State BJP leadersparticularly on Ministers and Congress leaders to defame the partybut they will not succeed", Mr Patil added.