Income tax

Maharashtra Politics: Sharad Pawar’s swipe at center of income tax notice: ‘Love letter received’

Sharad Pawar’s party was part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi led by Uddhav Thackeray.

Mumbai:

Sharad Pawar, the leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), tweeted on Thursday that he had received a notice from the income tax department, calling it a “love letter”. He once announced that a new government led by Shiv Sena rebel Eknath Shinde has taken over Maharashtra, after a rebellion toppled the previous coalition government of Uddhav Thackeray which included Sharad’s party. Pawar and Congress.

“I received a love letter, an income tax love letter regarding affidavits filed in 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2020,” Mr. Pawar tweeted.

Lashing out at the BJP-led central government, the veteran politician, in a follow-up tweet, said the agency was “collecting information on some people”.

“There has been a qualitative increase in the efficiency of this department. Focusing on gathering information for so many years and gathering information from certain people seems like a strategic shift,” the tweet read. by Mr. Pawar, roughly translated from Marathi.

Mr Pawar’s NCP – part of the Maha Vikas Aghadi – lost power on Wednesday as Uddhav Thackeray resigned as chief minister after being asked to prove his majority.

Mr Thackeray was reduced to a minority in the Shiv Sena, founded by his father, after Eknath Shinde led a rebellion of 39 MPs, alleging Mr Thackeray had undermined the Hindutva party’s core ideology by associating in Congress and the NCP.

Mr Pawar dismissed the claims of the rebel Shinde faction as “baseless”.

“This allegation is baseless. It has nothing to do with the NCP and Congress. People have to be told something (as an excuse), that’s why the NCP and Congress are blamed,” he said. said, implying that Mr. Shinde’s rebellion was driven by greed for power, rather than ideology.