West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday asked committees organising the Durga Puja to not provide their expenditure details to the Income Tax Department, PTI reported. She claimed the department’s move to seek these details was “harassment”.
Banerjee also wondered whether the Centre was trying to “stop” Durga Puja. “People from all walks of society participate in Durga Puja festivities,” she said. “The central government has sent a notice to Durga Puja committees seeking a report on their expenditure. But they are non-profit organisations. They do not organise the pujas for making profit. Why would they pay income tax?”