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I-T notice to BJP's Gopinath Munde on Rs 8 crore poll expense remark

Jul 03, 2013 03:18 PM IST Politics Politics
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Mumbai: The Income Tax department has issued a notice to Bharatiya Janata Party leader Gopinath Munde on his Rs 8 crore poll spending remark. Munde had last week remarked that he spent Rs 8 crore on his last Lok Sabha campaign.

Munde was served a showcause notice on June 29 by the Election Commission in which it asked him why he should not be disqualified for suppressing and undervaluing his poll campaign expenditure with his public admission of having spent Rs 8 crore for.

Munde had on Thursday also openly dared the Election Commission to act against him for his remark and sought state funding of elections to check use of black money.

"I spent Rs 29,000 when I contested my first Assembly poll in 1980. But had to spend Rs 8 crore for my last (2009 Lok Sabha) election," Munde, BJP's deputy leader in the Lok Sabha, had said at a book release function last week in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and former BJP chief Nitin Gadkari.

"I hope no Election Commission official is present among the audience. Even if an Election Commission authority is present, six more months are to go for the Lok Sabha polls. Even if a case is filed, so be it," he had said.

Reacting to the BJP leader's remarks, Maharashtra Home Minister had demanded that the poll panel take note of it and decide whether such candidates should be allowed to contest in future.

The Union Law Ministry had in February 2011 raised the maximum limit on expenses that can be incurred by a candidate contesting Lok Sabha poll from Rs 25 lakh to Rs 40 lakh.

(With additional information from PTI)