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Chidambaram working hard to boost revenue by taxing my speeches: Modi

Our Bureau Gandhinagar | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on February 19, 2014

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Taking a dig at the Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi said that the former was busy working hard only to increase revenues of the country by taxing his public speeches.

Addressing the National Summit on Financial Services – A key driver for economic growth’ in Gandhinagar on Wednesday, Modi said, “Our finance minister claims to be doing a lot of hard work. Only last evening I came to know what he has been busy hardworking with… to increase India's revenue by taxing my speeches.”

Modi was referring to a tax notice by the Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI) on February 12 to the BJP asking if any service tax had been paid for the money collected during his rallies across the country.

“Good that even my speeches are contributing to the nation and I am happy to know this,” he said.

However, after strong reactions on the government’s move, DGCEI on Tuesday withdrew the notices sent to four BJP offices demanding service tax on Modi's rallies.

Published on February 19, 2014
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