PM Slams Congress Over Sam Pitroda’s Inheritance Tax Remark: ‘Loot the Living and the Dead’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacks Congress over Sam Pitroda's inheritance tax remark.
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The political landscape in India is once again ablaze with controversy, this time ignited by Congress leader Sam Pitroda’s apparent advocacy for an inheritance tax, sparking a fiery response from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pitroda’s comments, viewed as a nod towards wealth redistribution, have plunged the opposition party deeper into a heated debate over economic policies and taxation.

Addressing a public gathering in Chhattisgarh’s Surguja, PM Modi launched a scathing attack on the Congress, accusing them of harboring intentions to strip citizens of their hard-earned wealth. He asserted that the opposition party, under the guise of higher taxes, seeks to enrich its own coffers while depriving individuals of the right to pass on their assets to their offspring.

“The advisor [Sam Pitroda] of the ‘prince’ and the ‘royal family’ had said some time ago that more taxes should be imposed on the middle class,” PM Modi remarked. “Congress says that it will impose an inheritance tax, and it will also impose tax on the inheritance received from parents. Your children will not get the wealth that you accumulate through your hard work, rather the claws of the Congress will snatch it away from you.”

In a deft rhetorical move, PM Modi insinuated that the Congress’s pursuit of wealth acquisition extends even beyond life, quipping, “Congress has one mantra — to loot people zindagi ke sath bhi, zindagi ke baad bhi (in life and even after death).”

The genesis of the furor lies in Sam Pitroda’s endorsement of wealth redistribution policies, drawing parallels with the inheritance tax prevalent in certain American states. Pitroda defended the concept, arguing for a fairer distribution of wealth, a sentiment that found little favor with the ruling BJP.

In response to the backlash, Pitroda sought to clarify his stance, asserting that his statements were misconstrued and did not necessarily reflect the Congress’s official position. However, the BJP remained steadfast in its criticism, cautioning against the specter of “property snatchers” lurking amidst the political fray.

As the war of words rages on, the broader debate over economic policies and taxation continues to simmer, with both sides digging in their heels. Meanwhile, amidst the political posturing, the fate of India’s economic landscape hangs in the balance, awaiting the verdict of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

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