Income-tax raids usually are treated with some fear, and a lot of trepidation and the so-called ‘victims’ usually cut a sorry figure. But, the I-T raids this week turned Telangana state’s labour minister Chamakura Malla Reddy into something of a celebrity in the TRS. Lo and behold, the man who ran around frantically a couple of days while dealing with the raids and their aftermath, is suddenly sought after by his party colleagues. Some of them who are quivering like a leaf about to fall from a tree are running to him, figuratively that is, seeking tips to deal with those pesky I-T folk. For TRS leaders, several of them reportedly spending sleepless nights fearing raids by the I-T, CBI, ED etc., Malla Reddy has become a role model of sorts. A man who knows a thing or two about surviving the I-T raids, laughing off talk of worrying, saying “I am Malla Reddy. I am experienced in dealing with I-T raids. This is the third raid on me. I know everything that happens in such raids.” This was enough for TRS leaders, living in fear of raids of some kind, starting to consult Malla Reddy. ‘I-T raid problem? There is a Malla Reddy for that!’ appears to be the belief in the ruling party in Telangana for now.
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