PANJIM: Breaking its silence on the Income Tax (I-T) notices to the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said that opposition parties are trying to politicise the issue and mislead the people by stating that notices have only gone to churches and that the department is targeting the Church.
Addressing the media, BJP MLA Nilesh Cabral said, “The I-T department has issued a similar notice to PWD. Why is this issue not taken up by those people? I am asking the people, especially the Catholics, not to get misled on this issue,” Cabral said.
“It is not any type of notice nor has the church been penalised. The impression created is that the notice is only given to the church. In terms of temples in Goa, they come under the Mazania Act and the government takes care of all the accounts. The temples don’t come under one big institution like churches do. Outside Goa many temples have also been issued notices similar to this and Bodhgaya temple is one of them,” he said.
He said that I-T notices have not gone to any single church but to the ‘parent body’ which is the Archdiocese of Goa and the notice only asks them to submit the required information regarding account information and cash balances as well as currency in hand.
“Political parties and opposition leaders, including some newspapers, are trying to create anxiety but the Goan community is strong and will never be misled,” he added.