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Sam Pitroda advocates 50 per cent inheritance tax in India, backs Congress' stand on wealth redistribution

Sam Pitroda's remarks on wealth redistribution and US-like inheritance tax in India has come at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised a debate on Congress' intentions to distribute Hindus wealth among infiltrators.

Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: April 24, 2024 10:23 IST
Indian Overseas Congress chairman Sam Pitroda.
Image Source : ANI Indian Overseas Congress chairman Sam Pitroda.

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Indian Overseas Congress chairman Sam Pitroda, in the midst of the Lok Sabha Elections 2024, has advocated for United States-like inheritance tax in India and backed Congress' stand on wealth redistribution plans.

Sam Pitroda has said that in the United States, there is an inheritance tax according to which the US government is entitled to claim 55 per cent share of a person's wealth while the owner can transfer only 45 per cent share to his children or family.

"...In America, there is an inheritance tax. If one has $100 million worth of wealth and when he dies he can only transfer probably 45 per cent to his children, 55 per cent 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 the public, not all of it, half of it, which to me sounds fair. In India, you don't have that. If somebody is worth 10 billion and he dies, his children get 10 billion and the public gets nothing... So these are the kind of issues people will have to debate and discuss," Sam Pitroda said.

"I don't know what the conclusion would be at the end of the day but when we talk about redistributing wealth, we are talking about new policies and new programs that are in the interest of the people and not in the interest of super-rich only," the chairman of Indian Overseas Congress added.

BJP says Congress has decided to destroy India 

Reacting to Sam Pitroda's recent remarks on inheritance tax, BJP's IT cell Amit Malviya said that the Congress has decided that it wants to destroy the country.

"Congress has decided to destroy India. Now, Sam Pitroda advocates 50 per cent inheritance tax for wealth redistribution. This means 50 per cent of whatever we build, with all our hard work and enterprise, will be taken away. 50 per cent, besides all the tax we pay, which too will go up, if the Congress prevails," Amit Malviya said.

Congress says Sam Pitroda entitled to his views 

Responding to Sam Pitroda's inheritance tax statement, Congress General Secretary in-charge Communications, Jairam Ramesh said, "Sam Pitroda has been a mentor, friend, philosopher, and guide to many across the world, including me... Mr Pitroda expresses his opinions freely on issues he feels strongly about. Surely, in a democracy an individual is at liberty to discuss, express, and debate his personal views. This does not mean that Mr. Pitroda's views always reflect the position of the Indian National Congress. Many times they do not. Sensationalising his comments now and tearing them out of context are deliberate and desperate attempts at diverting attention away from Narenda Modi's malicious and mischievous election campaign, that is anchored ONLY in lies and more lies."

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