Music Maestro Ilayaraja praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and compared him to Dr BR Ambedkar last weekend. In comparison o the duo, he added: Both these striking personalities succeeded against odds that people from socially disempowered sections of the society face. Both saw poverty and stifling social structures from close quarters and worked to dismantle them, but both are also practical men who believe in action rather than mere thought exercises.”
The five-time National Award-winner added that PM Modi government’s initiatives in banning of triple talaq and ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ were campaigns that Ambedkar ‘would be proud of.’
While this comparison did not go well with BJP President JP Nadda who slammed the criticism for Ilayaraja, and said, “Elements aligned to the ruling party in the State have left no stone unturned in verbally lynching, smearing and humiliating one of India’s tallest music maestro just because he has views not related to one political party and their allies.
Now, the veteran composer has been issued two Goods and Services Tax summons from the Directorate General of Goods and Services Tax Intelligence, Chennai Zonal Unit, for non-payment of service tax.
The summons were issued on February 28 and March 1 and it says that Ilaiyaraaja or his representative should provide evidence/documents that the dues have been paid. The summons set a deadline for submission of documents/proof at the GST office. The first summons set March 10, 2022 as the deadline while the second one extended it to March 28, 2022.
It was alleged that praising Modi was to avoid severe action against him from the government.it was to be heard how the 78 year old composer reacts when asked about the show cause notice issued now after sending the summons three times previously.