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Congress party claims all their bank accounts have been frozen, alleges that I-T department is asking Rs 210 crore

"It is not only the accounts of the Congress party that have been frozen but the democracy has been frozen in our country," Maken said.

The Congress party has alleged that the Income Tax department has frozen its bank accounts. The party alleged that democracy has ended in India with the freezing of bank accounts of the country’s main Opposition party.

In a press briefing on Friday (16th February), Congress Treasurer Ajay Maken said that the party learnt that the banks are not honouring the cheques issued by the party.

He said that a demand of Rs 210 crore has been made by the I-T department on flimsy grounds over a case relating to income tax returns of 2018-19.

“It is not only the accounts of the Congress party that have been frozen but the democracy has been frozen in our country. When the principal Opposition party’s accounts have been frozen just two weeks before the announcement of the national elections, do you think democracy is alive in this country?” Maken said.

He claimed that the money of the Congress party has not been received from the corporates, bonds nor “big money which comes from big houses”.

Maken added that the money frozen has come through crowdfunding by Congress workers. “We collected around Rs 25 crores from the crowdfunding by our workers. 95% of this which is less than Rs 100 has been collected legally through UPI. This money has been collected through online funding, no cash has been taken. The Youth Congress has collected its money through membership drive,” he claimed.

Maken added, “On the other hand, more than Rs 6,500 crores which were collected through unconstitutional corporate bonds which have been pronounced unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, that account of the BJP still exists.”

This controversy comes a day after the Supreme Court struck down the electoral bonds scheme as unconstitutional and ordered the SBI to stop accepting the bonds and return such money received in the past 15 days which has not been encashed yet to the purchaser.

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