Mumbai, May 30 (UNI) Maharashtra BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari today alleged that the much-hyped Indian Premier League (IPL) has been illegally given tax concessions.
Speaking to reporters at the BJP state headquarters, Mr Bhandari said that these tournaments were nothing but entertainment, and Maharashtra government has waived the entertainment tax, applicable to the IPL series for the next ten years, which was totally wrong.
'The government can give concession in this tax if somebody moves an application to that effect. But in this case nobody demanded the tax holiday and government on its own accord has withdrawn the tax, resulting in a loss of Rs 70 crore to the exchequer', he claimed.
Mr Bhandari said the Congress-NCP government in the State has no money for schemes benefitting the dalits and the adivasis, but had the nerve to offer concessions to the games of the super rich.
''These tax exemptions should be withdrawn forthwith and not be given to the BCCI-run tournament, demanded Mr Bhandari added.
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