The income-tax department has issued a ~30-crore notice to the Aam Aadmi party (AAP) for allegedly violating norms on collecting donations, including “hawala entries” worth ~2 crore.
The order for tax assessment issued on November 23 sought the party’s explanation by December 7, saying it “incorrectly disclosed hawala money as voluntary donations”. The AAP said the order was “bogus” and accused the “people who run the country” of muzzling the voice of Delhi’s ruling party. The reference was to the BJP government at the Centre, with whom the AAP has a running dispute over administrative control of Delhi.
The I-T department declared all donations to the AAP in 2014-2015 as illegal, revoking tax exemptions given to it as a party.
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New Delhi: Following in the footsteps of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the AAP government in the capital has decided to cancel leaves on the birth and death anniversaries of eminent personalities.
In a series of tweets, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said:”The Delhi government will also cancel leaves on the birth and death anniversaries of eminent personalities. I have directed the chief secretary regarding this.”
Praising the UP government which cancelled 15 public Holidays, Sisodia said:”It has taken a good initiative… We should always be ready to learn from other states.”
There are 18 gazetted holidays of which four are birth anniversaries of eminent persons. There are 34 restricted holidays but officials can avail only two.
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The BJP retained power in the city’s three municipalities for a third consecutive term on Wednesday, in what was an overwhelming rejection of the Aam Aadmi Party just two years after it won a brute majority in the Delhi assembly elections.
Prime Minister Narender Modi’s popularity as wess as a decision to drop most of its sitting councillors helped the BJP buck anti- incumbency and tighten its grip over the civic bodies it first won 10 years ago.
The Elections carry wider national ramifications. An emphatic victory only adds to the BJP’s image of invincibility and leaves a divided opposition further demoralised in the run upto the national polls in 2019.
But the setback was the worst for AAP chief and Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
With the verdict seen as a referendum on his government, the polls were a matter of prestige for him. The defeat called into question his ability to win elections after the AAP’s loss in Goa and Punjab polls last month.
Asplit in the opposition votes helped the BJP, which saw a marginal drop in vote share over 2012. The combined share of the AAP (26.21%) and Congress (21.09%) was more than that of the BJP’s (36.08%).
The AAP also failed to hold on to its supporters among Purvanchalis and minorities.
For the BJP the victory was sweet revenge for its loss to the AAP in 2015 Delhi polls when the latter won 67 of 70 seats.
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