They Love Some People: Sharad Pawar on I-T Notices to Himself, Supriya Sule, Uddhav & Aaditya Thackeray
File photo of NCP Chief Sharad Pawar.
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 in connection with poll affidavits submitted to the Election Commission 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. We will reply to the notice," 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 IT notices.
Pawar also made light of reports about moves for imposing President's rule in Maharashtra. "Is there any reason for (imposing the President's rule)? Is the President's rule some joke? he said," adding the ruling MVA combine enjoys a clear majority in the Assembly. He also criticised the central government for banning export of onions.
Meanwhile, Pawar announced a day's token fast in support of the suspended Opposition MPs, as he 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.
He said the Deputy Chairman of the Upper House had not adhered to the rules and "the Rajya Sabha members were expelled for expressing their opinion," said the NCP chief.
The Opposition has alleged that the Deputy Chairman Harivansh -- who was in the chair on Sunday -- helped the government rush the Bills through the Upper House despite lacking the numbers and rejecting the Opposition parties' demands for detailed discussions on the Farm Bills.
(With inputs from agencies)