New Delhi: The Election Commission on Wednesday said it has not given any directions to the tax authorities to serve a notice to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar over his poll affidavits. Also Read - 'I Apologise... Just Forgot the Name': Kamal Nath Explains 'Item' Jibe After Controversy, EC Takes Note
The EC’s statement came a day after Pawar said that the Income Tax department had served him a notice in connection with his poll affidavits submitted to the poll panel. Also Read - 'Shocked by the Language Used': Sharad Pawar Writes to PM Modi After Governor's Letter to CM Thackeray
“…Election Commission of India has not issued any such direction to CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxation) to issue notice to Shri Pawar,” the commission said in its statement. Also Read - Sharad Pawar's NCP Forms LGBT Cell, Becomes First Political Party in India to Take Such a Step
Talking to mediapersons in Mumbai on Tuesday, Pawar said the Income Tax department has sought his “clarification and explanation” on some poll affidavits furnished by him.
He was responding to questions on reports that his daughter and Lok Sabha member Supriya Sule, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aaditya Thackeray had been also served similar notices.
“I got the notice yesterday…We are happy that they (the Centre) love us from among all the members…The notice was served by Income Tax after the Election Commission asked (it) to…We will reply to the notice,” he said.
While expressing solidarity with eight Rajya Sabha members suspended over chaos during a vote on controversial farm bills, Maharashtra veteran leader accused the Centre of pursuing an agenda against political opponents as he referred to tax notices. He had also announced a one-day fast to show solidarity with the suspended Rajya Sabha members.
(With inputs from PTI)