“Don’t Be Selfish”: Rahul Gandhi Aide Sam Pitroda’s Message To Middle Class On Tax-Hike To Fund Congress’s NYAY SchemeIndian Overseas Congress Chief Sam Pitroda. (Flickr/WEF)

After the controversial comment on Pulwama attacks, Congress’ overseas chief Sam Pitroda, is in the news again, asking country’s tax paying middle class to not be selfish, while admitting that the NYAY scheme promised by Rahul Gandhi may result in tax-hike for the middle classes.

“Taxes may go up a little bit but that’s not a major issue. Let’s not worry about that,” said Pitroda when the interviewer asked about his message to the middle classes who are worrying about increased taxes to fulfil Congress’s poll promises, adding, “Don’t be selfish.”

Ironically, Sam’s admission of tax-hike being on cards if Congress comes to power is a complete turn-around from party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala’s statement on national television that no tax-hike will be imposed. Surjewala had gone to the extent of saying “I promise” when commentator confirmed for the second time that no tax-hike will be imposed.

Supporting Congress president’s NYAY, a scheme that promises a minimum income of Rs 6000 per month to every poor family, Pitroda said, “Have big heart. How can see when poor people around you and feel that somebody is going to take 10 paisa out of you? That’s not India”.

Justifying the the possible tax-hike Pitroda said, “There’s nothing wrong with it. They are our brothers, they are our cousins, they are our sisters, they are our nephews”.

Recently, Pitroda, while reacting about the Pulwama attack said, ”Pulwama like attacks happen all the time. Attack happened in Mumbai also, we could have then reacted and just sent our planes but that is not right approach. According to me that's not how you deal with world." The comments raised controversy and saw public across the social media platforms lambasting him, much to the embarrassment of Congress party.

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