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Sharad Pawar takes dig at Centre over I-T notice

Last week, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, his son and state Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray, and NCP MP Supriya Sule had received notices from the I-T department over their poll affidavits filed in the previous elections.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: September 23, 2020 11:41:08 am
NCP chief Sharad Pawar, sharad pawar it raidNCP chief Sharad Pawar

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said the Income Tax department has served him a notice and sought his “clarification and explanation” on some poll affidavits furnished by him.

Last week, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, his son and state Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray, and NCP MP Supriya Sule had received notices from the I-T department over their poll affidavits filed in the previous elections. The complaints, lodged with the EC alleging discrepancies in the affidavits, have also been referred to the Central Board of Direct Taxes for investigation.

“I got the notice yesterday (Monday)… We are happy that they (the Centre) love us from among all the members… The notice was served by Income Tax (department) after the Election Commission asked (it) to… We will reply to the notice,” Pawar said.

Expressing solidarity with the eight Rajya Sabha members who were suspended over chaos during a vote on the controversial farm Bills, Pawar also announced a one-day fast. “I will not eat anything today in solidarity with the protesting members,” Pawar, a Rajya Sabha member, said.

He also expressed concern over Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh not allowing Opposition MPs to put forth their views on the farm Bills.

Pawar also said his party was firmly behind the farmers on the farm Bills issue. The NCP has received flak for its stance on the issue during the debate on the farm Bills in the Rajya Sabha.

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