The Trinamool Congress on Tuesday held a day-long dharna to protest in opposition to Earnings Tax notices to the Durga Puja committees in Kolkata. The TMC accused the BJP-led authorities on the Centre of intimidating the puja committees with the IT notices to make them give up to the saffron camp.
“During the Lok Sabha poll campaign, they(BJP) used to allege that our government had tried to stop Durga Puja in the state. This was completely false and politically motivated. It is the BJP government which is trying to do it now by sending IT notices to Durga puja committees. This is political double standards,” TMC secretary common and state Schooling Minister Partha Chatterjee advised reporters.
Chatterjee alleged that the only real intention of sending IT notices to the puja committees is to intimidate them and make them give up to the BJP in order that its leaders can management them. “They (BJP) had initially planned to take over these committees but failed. So now they are trying to threaten puja committees with IT notices. Most of these committees conduct Durga Puja with subscription taken from locals and handful of local advertisements. We fail to understand what it has to do with the Income Tax department,” Chatterjee stated.
Earlier on Sunday, West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had criticised the Centre for issuing revenue tax notices to a number of Durga Puja committees within the metropolis saying festivals ought to be exempt from levies.
The BJP, then again, had criticised TMC’s resolution to carry the protest and accused a piece of its leaders of laundering cash “looted” within the chit fund scams within the state via the puja committees.
“Why are they(TMC) so afraid if the IT department is looking into the source of money (of the puja committees) if there is nothing wrong in it? Most of the Durga puja committees in Kolkata are controlled by TMC leaders. And they use these committees to launder black money and cut money,” senior BJP chief Mukul Roy had stated.
The TMC has termed the allegations as baseless. Publish the Lok Sabha elections, the 2 events have been dashing to achieve management of the town’s outstanding pujas, a time-tested medium to achieve out to the individuals.
(With PTI inputs)