Sunday, January 20, 2019
News

Those trying to stop Durga Puja in Bengal won't be spared: Mamata

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

Kolkata | Friday, 2019 5:15:05 PM IST
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday flayed the Income Tax Commissioner's circular seeking expenditure details from all major Durga Puja organisers in the state, and asked the big clubs to avoid the central tax authorities.

Banerjee questioned whether the Narendra Modi government at the Centre was trying to stop the Durga Puja festivity in Bengal by taking away the organisers' money in the form of income tax and warned that her party would not spare anyone who tries to do so.

"Durga Puja is our biggest festival. People of all communities participate in the festival. They have sent notice to the Durga Puja committee seeking a detailed report of their expenditure. The puja committees are asked to pay income tax. These clubs mostly run on non-profit model. They do not hold the pujas for making profit. Why would they pay income tax?" Banerjee said while talking at the inauguration of the 23rd Jatra Utsav in North 24 Parganas district.

"Are they (Centre) trying to stop the Durga Puja here? Be it Modi or anyone else from the Bharatiya Janata Party, we will not spare anyone who tries to lay hands on any of these clubs. I urge all the clubs to unite and avoid going to the Income Tax department," she added.

Pointing out that the pujas are organised using the common people's money in the form of subscriptions and donations, the Trinamool Congress supremo claimed that the Centre has no right to take away the money as they do not make any contribution.

"This is common man's money. Even the state government has given Rs 10,000 to the clubs during puja for community development purposes but what did you (Centre) provide? Why would they take away money?" she questioned.

She said several religious places and prominent temples in the country like the Balaji Temple, Golden Temple, the Kali Temple and Ajmer Sharif dargah, also do not pay any taxes.

"They are trying to harass the Dura Puja devotees. They have failed to catch the real fraudsters who evade paying taxes and are now living in foreign countries," Banerjee added.

The Commissioner of Income Tax department had sent a notice to the major Durga Puja organisers of the state in December to furnish expenditure details incurred during the festival in 2018.

--IANS mgr/mag/bg

( 400 Words)

2019-01-11-16:44:08 (IANS)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE BUSINESS NEWS
Tea body chief moots promotion of tea as...
Odisha showcases investment opportunitie...
Immense opportunities for Czech technolo...
Google's censored China search engine pr...
'Speed Limit' feature on Google Maps exp...
Ozone Group launches convertible homes...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
Postgraduate student found dead in Gurug...
Himachal govt to give compensation to se...
KCR vows to make Telangana roads 'shine ...
Sadhana Singh 'mentally ill': BSP slams ...
Vyapam scam: CBI gives clean chit to for...
PDP expels senior leader Altaf Bukhari f...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Sushant Singh Rajput's 'Rifleman' i... 
UN chief saddened by oil pipeline e... 
Aditi's 'long' wish to put out her ... 
Russian military monitors US missil... 
Death toll from Mexico pipeline bla... 
Mumbai Marathon 2019: Runners hit s... 
Amid shutdown, Senate to vote on Tr... 
Our conditions will pose challenge ...