Gandhinagar, Mar.15 (ANI): Gujarat's Minister of State for Industries, Saurabh Patel, on Tuesday, blamed the Congress party for an income tax inquiry on several investors who had signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with the state government at this year's Vibrant Gujarat Summit (VGS).
Accusing the Congress of obstructing Gujarat's industrial progress, Patel said: "It is unfortunate that because of the attitude of Leader of the Opposition (Shaktisinh Gohil) and his constant complaints to the Centre, the I-T department has sent us a letter."
The income tax department's letter, dated February 17, signed by Deputy Director (investigations) Anurag Sharma, says the inquiry is being conducted under section 131 (1A) of the Income Tax Act.
"The country and the world... all have appreciated the success of VGS 2011. It is unfortunate that I-T department of the country has initiated an inquiry and asked the state to furnish details of MoUs and investors where investment above Rs 1000 crore was pledged," Patel said.
"This is injustice to the state and the people of Gujarat," the minister said.
When asked if the state had replied to the I-T letter, Patel said, "We will get into action now."
As many as 7,936 MoUs, drawing investment to the tune of Rs 20.83 lakh crore, were signed by the Gujarat Government at the VGS 2011, held on January 12-13, 2011. (ANI)