BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi promised relief to the salaried class by simplifying the existing taxation system. At the same time he doled out another political sop promisingthat honest taxpayers will be given as a "gift" 5 to 10 per cent share of the black money that he vowed to bring back from tax havens abroad, if BJP comes to power.
Responding to question of a youth from Kerala, Rahul, on black money stashed abroad, Modi assured that his government if voted to power will make law to bring back the money deposited by Indians in foreign banks. He also promised incentive for regular taxpaying salaried class. "Out of this money that would be brought back will be returned five to 10 per cent to salaried or fixed-income class, who regularly pay taxes, as incentive," said Modi. "The honest will be rewarded, the dishonest will be punished," he added.
Modi said he would set up a task force and change the laws to bring back black money.
Earlier, Modi said the taxation system in country should be such that it offers maximum benefit to the tax payers without putting burden on them. He also stressed on infrastructural development in all fields as he also said tackling terrorism would be one of the top priotrities of his government. "Terrorism can only be dealt with strong laws and zero tolerance attitude. Terrorism has no colour. It is an enemy of humanity.
Speedy trial and quick disposal of terrorism related cases will be ensured," the Gujarat CM said.
The exercise called 'chai pe charcha' (discussion over tea) aimed at connecting to people, understand the issues concerning them and suggest a viable solution as part of BJP's campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Public mood was on a high when Modi, who led his early days as a tea-seller, described the tea stalls as 'footpath parliament' and promised them direct interaction at regular intervals.
The people were a bit disappointed at the end as they did not get the opportunity to speak to BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate. However, they got an assurance from the Gujarat Chief Minister for another interaction. "Several suggestions could not be taken up due to time constraints but we will keep interacting frequently," Modi said while concluding the two-hour long discussion which he held from a tea stall in Ahmedabad in Gujarat through live streaming.
The topic of first discussion was 'Good Governance' while the next interaction will focus on 'Women Empowerment'. Those who could not make their way to tea stalls, interacted with Modi over social networking sites.