AAP de­nies re­port on ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties in do­na­tions

Millennium Post - - CITY -

NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party on Tues­day de­nied a me­dia re­port al­leg­ing mis­match in the party's ac­tual and re­ported do­na­tions to the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Cen­tral Board of Di­rect Tax­a­tion (CBDT) has "flagged an al­leged mis­match... point­ing out that it was in vi­o­la­tion of the Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Peo­ple Act".

"This re­port has no ba­sis in fact or re­al­ity. The rea­son there is a dis­crep­ancy at the end of the Cen­tre's agen­cies is that their cal­cu­la­tions have taken place at dif­fer­ent points in time," party's new­ly­elected Ra­jya Sabha MP N.D. Gupta said.

"On the party's end, ev­ery sin­gle do­na­tion com­ing to the party has been ac­counted for. The facts of this case are be­ing pur­pose­fully twisted and mis­rep­re­sented," Gupta added.

Not­ing that Sec­tion 138 of the In­come Tax pro­hibits shar­ing of dis­clo­sure of in­for­ma­tion, he said: "Shar­ing of in­for­ma­tion to the me­dia by CBDT is in it­self a vi­o­la­tion of the law."

AAP na­tional sec­re­tary Pankaj Gupta added: "On the one hand, the Cen­tral govern­ment is talk­ing about mak­ing po­lit­i­cal fund­ing trans­par­ent, while at the same time it is work­ing to give statu­tory val­i­da­tion to elec­toral bonds which will help keep the source of po­lit­i­cal fund­ing a se­cret.

"The source of fund­ing re­ceived by po­lit­i­cal par­ties through elec­toral bonds will be ac­ces­si­ble to the na­tion­alised banks, the RBI, and the govern­ment. The rul­ing party, there­fore, will be able to ha­rass donors of Op­po­si­tion par­ties with this in­for­ma­tion," he said.

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