Govt torturing business community through income tax raids: APCC

ITANAGAR, Dec 12: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Tuesday came down on the state government for allegedly ‘torturing’ the business community of the state through income tax raids.
Briefing reporters at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here, APCC President Takam Sanjoy claimed that “income tax officials raided a few of our people, using the pretext that the firms were tax defaulters, without any notice, and with the motive of torturing business groups in the state.”
He, however, did not give out details of the raid or the firm(s) against which the raids were conducted. But he said the Congress party would resist any political move to “investigate or torture any of our workers and leaders – or, for that matter, any Arunachalee – without any intention of good will.”
On queries whether he was hinting towards the recently reported income tax raid against TK Engineering Consortium Pvt Ltd, Sanjoy, without confirming it, stated that they are not against any raid by the competent authority, but that it should be carried out after proper official procedures like serving prior notice, etc, are observed.
He added that the “illegal government” under Chief Minister Pema Khandu, instead of initiating a CBI inquiry against various scams was initiating an inquiry against opposition parties and groups only.
“We had placed forward the composite sanction system adopted by the Pema Khandu government, which of course is considered an illegal government, but it has not come forward to hand over the investigation to the CBI,” said Sanjoy.
Meanwhile, the APCC has congratulated Rahul Gandhi for being unanimously elected as the All India Congress Committee (AICC) President on Monday.
“Youth icon of India (Rahul) with his elevation to the presidency of the AICC will immensely strengthen the party and carry forward the secular and democratic ethos of the Indian National Congress,” said Sanjoy.
Former chief minister Nabam Tuki also stated that under Rahul’s able guidance and supervision, the Congress would be strengthened even more.
Furthermore, the APCC president formally inducted Peoples’ Party of Arunachal Vice President Komkar Riba into the party.
Riba in his acceptation address stated that he left the PPA because he realized that there was no future scope for a regional party in the state or elsewhere, and that PPA was a party to only “cut votes (electoral).”