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New Delhi, 17 Dec 2016 : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday criticised the central government’s move to exempt political parties from income tax while depositing demonetised currency notes and accused them of holding most of the black money.

Kejriwal’s criticism came after the government on Friday exempted political parties from income tax while depositing old Rs 500 and 1,000 rupee notes.

“Most of the black money is in the hands of political parties,” Kejriwal said, alleging that the recent move will help the political parties in changing black money into white.

Kejriwal also sought an “independent commission” to probe the accounts and source of funding of all political parties.

“You (Narendra Modi) talk of investigating the source of money if a common man deposits Rs 2.5 lakh individually but you exempt political parties from income tax on depositing crores of demonetised currency. This is not fair.”

“We demand that an independent commission should be set up and the account details of all the political parties over the last five years should be probed to investigate their source of funding,” Kejriwal said at a press conference here.

The Delhi Chief Minister also targeted Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi over his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, terming it “a deal to hide unaccounted money”.

He said the decision to demonetise the higher currency notes was “unconstitutional” as it barred people from withdrawing their own money.

“Modiji is busy in converting black money of the political parties into white. It is a big fraud against the nation,” Kejriwal said.

The AAP convenor maintained that his party was presenting each and every receipt to the income tax department and was maintaining transparency.

“The income tax returns of AAP since its formation until now are being investigated. We are not scared of any probe. What other parties including BJP are scared of?” Kejriwal asked.

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Jammu, 13 Oct : Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti was on Tuesday released from detention. “PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is being released from detention,” said Jammu and Kashmir administration spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

A government order issued on Tuesday night said her detention was being revoked with immediate effect.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration in July had extended her detention by three months under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

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Chandigarh, 26 Sep : The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has severed its alliance with the BJP. The Akali Dal had a 22-year-old alliance with the BJP.

The decision was taken after a meeting of the Akali Dal’s Kaur Committee which lasted for more than four hours today. Mr. Sukhbir Singh Badal addressed the press after the meeting and announced that he would no longer be a part of BJP-NDA.

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