TAKING a swipe at the Centre, Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said the Income Tax Department has sent notices to certain leaders as “they love some people”. Pawar, along with his daughter Supriya Sule, MP, besides Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his son and Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray have been served notices by the I-T Department seeking clarifications on their polls affidavits filed in the previous elections.
“Yes, I have also received it (the notice). They love some people,” the 79-year old Maratha strongman said with a grin, speaking with media persons in Mumbai. “I have got the I-T Department notice about my election affidavits. On the directions of the Election Commission of India, the I-T Department has sent the notice on the poll affidavits for 2009, 2014, and 2020,” Pawar said.
Incidentally, the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress are in the Maha Vikas Aghadi Government in Maharashtra, and two top leaders each of the two parties in the alliance have been served with the I-T notices. Announcing a day’s token fast in support of the suspended Opposition MPs, Pawar on Tuesday wondered why the Government was in such a hurry to pass the Farm Bills.
“I have decided to abstain from food and fast today in solidarity with the protesting MPs agitation,” said Pawar, a Member of the Rajya Sabha, which witnessed a massive ruckus in the past two days followed by a boycott by the Opposition parties. Though well-intentioned, Pawar said he had never seen Bills being passed in such a manner and questioned the haste, especially when the MPs had questions on the Farm Bills. “Members wanted to ask more questions on the Bills. But, it appears they (the Government) did not want any discussion. When the MPs did not get the response, they came to the well of the House,” Pawar pointed out.