Many people will certainly find it tough to believe but it’s a truth! Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who is running for the fifth consecutive term, has Rs 3,930 and has never filed any income tax return, states an election affidavit submitted by him while filing his nomination paper. The Left leader donates his entire salary to the CPI(M) and gets Rs 5,000 from the party as subsistence allowances.
The 69-year-old leader has Rs 1,520 in hand and Rs 2,410 in his account in a nationalised bank. He does not have any other bank deposit, the affidavit said.
Sarkar, who is contesting from Dhanpur constituency, filed his nomination papers yesterday. He has no cultivable or homestead land. He stays in the chief minister’s official residence. The chief minister’s wife Panchali Bhattacharya, a retired central government employee, has Rs 20,140 as cash and Rs 1,24,101 and Rs 86,473.78 in two bank accounts. She also has three fixed deposits of Rs 2 lakh, Rs 5 lakh and Rs 2.25 lakh, besides 20 grams of jewellery.
Bhattacharya inherited 888.35 sq ft area of land and till date invested Rs 15 lakh for construction there. The current value of the land is Rs 21 lakh. She filed her last income tax return in 2011-12, where she showed her income as Rs 4,49,770. After that she did not file any income tax return.
Meanwhile, it was reported that the Election Commission has deployed over 60 expenditure observers in the three poll-bound states of Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland to check the flow of illegal inducements and cash at the hustings. Officials said while 22 such observers have been sent to Nagaland, 21 have been dispatched to Meghalaya and 19 have been tasked with covering the state of Tripura. A total of 62 observers have been deployed at present. Few more can be sent later, if a need arises, they said. The observers are drawn from the Income Tax department
and other central services, they said. These officials will report to the Election Expenditure Monitoring (EEM) wing of the Election Commission (EC) established at Nirvachan Sadan, the poll panel’s headquarters in Delhi.