Income Tax Notice To TMC Over Rs 24 Crore Splurge In 2014 General Elections

Income Tax notice to TMC seeks details over a Rs 24 crore splurge in 2014

 

The All India Trinamool Congress Party is feeling the heat once again as a reputed English media has claimed that the party is reeling after a fresh Income Tax notice was given asking to furnish the details of Rs 24 crore expenditure of the party in election campaign and publicity before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

This is no doubt a matter of great embarrassment and anxious moments after battling charges in the Saradha, Rosevalley and Narada scam. There is no denying the fact that TMC leaders have time and again fumbled on explaining various expenses. As far as those crores spent on helicopter rides for the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Income Tax authorities are looking at all possibilities.

Seasoned politicians also believe that massive amount of money was spent in poll PR before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections are also under the scanner this time around. As of now, Income Tax department is closely looking at 4 cases of major discrepancies. Rs 15 crore was spent on the helicopter rides and the whole amount is unexplained in the TMC Audit report.

Nevertheless, TMC is in all sorts of trouble and if they can’t recover soon, BJP and other political parties will be earning rich dividends in the upcoming Panchayat elections. There is already an issue of ‘trust deficit’ among several quarters and this will seriously dampen their ‘Ma, maati, manus’ brand image in the days to come. Some of the TMC leaders like Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Madan Mitra are out on bail. Further arrests of the party bigwigs will certainly send shockwaves within the party base.

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Ranabir Bhattacharyya is a Bengal based writer who concentrates on politics, international relations, economic and social matters