Kolkata, Aug 13 : As directed by the TMC supremo and chief minister Mamata Banerjee, scores of party leaders, ministers, MPs and MLAs today began a sit-in-demonstration in the city to protest the tax notices served by the Central Income Tax department on many community Durga puja committees across the city.
Ms Banerjee on Sunday strongly protested the alleged Income Tax department notices to many community Durga Puja committees, saying it will create extra pressure on the organisers and asked party's Banga Janani wing to stage a dharna at Subodh Mallick Square near UNI office on Tuesday. " The Income Tax Dept has issued notices to many committees who organize Durga pujos, asking them to pay taxes," Ms Banerjee wrote in her Facebook account and said " . We are proud of all our national festivals."
Among the ministers, MPs and MLAs and TMC leaders braving the inclement weather and rains in the sit-n-demonstration were Kolkata Mayor and senior minister Firhad Hakim, his senior cabinet colleagues among others Chandrima Bhattacharya, Sashi Panja MP Kakoli Goshdastidar. " We will not allow any taxation of Durga Puja rituals, " the TMC activists holding banners protesting. Meanwhile, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has sought a report from the IT state circle the reasons behind the move following the chief minister's protest last week.
The IT in its notice to some community Durga puja organisers has asked to deduct the TDS from payment made to different vendors and inform that it to IT.
This is the second year that the IT has asked the durga puja committee to deduct the TDS while paying to different vendors. Ms Banerjee while protesting the IT notices said " These festivals are for all and we do not want any pujo festival to be taxed. This will be a burden on the organizers." she added.
She said her government withdrew tax, which was earlier there on Ganga Sagar Mela pilgrims. " We protest and demand ‘no taxation on Durga pujo and Durga pujo committees.’ The protest sit-n-demonstration to continue upto 6pm, which began at 10 am.UNI