President Ram Nath Kovind who had been to his hometown in Uttar Pradesh urged people to pay taxes regularly for the sake of development as he revealed that he pays taxes too. President Kovind, on a three-day visit to UP, made these remarks during a stopover at the Jhinjhak town on Friday when he was travelling from Delhi to Kanpur by a special train. Jhinjhak is close to the President's birthplace, the Paraunkh village of UP's Kanpur Dehat district.
However, ever since the revelation of him paying taxes for the salary that he gets has left netizens in splits. The president of India gets a salary of Rs 5 lakh per month and he pays taxes but netizens have reacted shockingly and raised questions.
Twitterai have slammed Ram Nath Kovind saying when a president's salary is non-taxable then why is he lying? Some have also dragged Prime Minister Narendra Modi for withdrawing a few of the amount from Prez's salary under the name of taxes.
One of the twitter user also demanded for an investigation in the matter.
While some through their tweets have explained the law by saying - The President is the first citizen of the country and also the highest official. The salary and emoluments are decided by the President's (Emoluments and) Pensions Act, 1951 which was amended recently where the President's salary was hiked to five lakhs and is tax free.
Here's how people are reacting. Have a look.