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Evening briefing: PM Modi urges donations for ‘nation building’; Kharge's advice to RJD on Nitish Kumar, more news

Mar 03, 2024 06:48 PM IST

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday contributed 2,000 to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) via the NaMo app to strengthen efforts to build a ‘Viksit Bharat’. He shared a picture of the receipt on X (formerly Twitter), encouraging citizens to join the initiative for nation-building. The receipt indicated that the donations are eligible for Income Tax exemption under sections 80 GGB for companies and 80 GGC for others, per the Income Tax Act, 1961. PM Modi's call for donations coincides with the recent Supreme Court decision to abolish the electoral bonds practice, deeming it “unconstitutional”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, speaking at Patna's Jan Vishwas Rally on Sunday said when Nitish Kumar comes back again seeking an alliance with the RJD, the doors should be shut in his face. Even after back-to-back cases, Lalu Prasad Yadav never bowed down before the BJP, Kharge said adding, 'But your chacha (uncle) did' -- referring to Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar whom former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi used to call uncle. Nitish Kumar's volte face ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha election was the major twist as he was one of the key forces behind uniting the regional parties and bringing them together under INDIA bloc. Dig deeper

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That’s all we have at this hour in our Evening briefing. Catch you tomorrow morning.

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