Ashneer Grover's dig at Sam Pitroda? ’Taxpayers are meaningless minority…' - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

Ashneer Grover's dig at Sam Pitroda? ’Taxpayers are meaningless minority…'

Apr 25, 2024 08:34 AM IST

Ashneer Grover said that politicians can get away with anything that they say on tax in political rallies.

Ashneer Grover said that taxpayers are the "meaningless minority" during elections as he commented on the speeches made at political rallies. The former Shark Tank India judge said that politicians can get away with anything that they say on tax in political rallies as only 0.5 percent of the voters pay "any meaningful income tax."

Ashneer Grover said that politicians can say anything on tax in a political rally and get away with it.
Ashneer Grover said that politicians can say anything on tax in a political rally and get away with it.

Read more: This Indian billionaire, Padma Shri Awardee now has an electric three-wheeler. Here's why

Calling this “tax politics” in India, Ashneer Grover wrote on X (formerly Twitter), "8/140 crore file IT returns. 2/140 crore Indians pay income tax. Only. 45 lakh of them contribute 80 percent of this income tax. Total 97 crore voters. Do the maths -- 0.5 percent of voters pay any meaningful income tax. So you can say anything on tax in a political rally and get away with it -- taxpayers are the meaningless minority as far elections are concerned."

Unlock exclusive access to the latest news on India's general elections, only on the HT App. Download Now! Download Now!

Read Ashneer Grover's post here

Read more: Old video of Zerodha's Nikhil Kamath backing inheritance tax goes viral: Watch

Did Ashneer Grover take a jibe at Congress' Sam Pitroda?

Ashneer Grover did not name any politician in the post but his comments amid a controversy surrounding remarks on inheritance tax made by Indian Overseas Congress chairman Sam Pitroda who called the levy an "interesting idea".

“If one has $100 million worth of wealth and when he dies he can only transfer probably 45 percent to his children, 55 percent is grabbed by the government. That’s an interesting law. It says you, in your generation made wealth, and you are leaving now, you must leave your wealth for public, not all of it, half of it, which to me sounds fair," Sam Pitroda said.

Read more: TikTok CEO on US restrictions: 'Rest assured - we aren't going anywhere'

Ashneer Grover's earlier comments on taxpayers and tax system in India

Earlier Ashneer Grover said that India has a complicated tax system with the government taking away 30-40 per cent of the income without any benefits.

He then said, “Taxpayers are doing charity in the country. They are not getting any benefits. You tell me one thing, when know that I will earn 10 and 4 will be kept by the government, out of the 12 months, you are working for the government for five months. Now in your life, how many years you have to be a slave for the government... and we have all accepted the way things are: 'It is the way it is.'”

Elevate your career with VIT’s MBA programme that has been designed by its acclaimed faculty & stands out as a beacon for working professionals. Explore now!

Discover the complete story of India's general elections on our exclusive Elections Product! Access all the content absolutely free on the HT App. Download now!
Get latest news on Education along with Board Exam, Competitive Exam and Exam Result at Hindustan Times. Also get latest Job updates on Employment News
SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    author-default-90x90

    Follow the latest breaking news and developments from India and around the world with Hindustan Times' newsdesk. From politics and policies to the economy and the environment, from local issues to national events and global affairs, we've got you covered.

SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, May 25, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On