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In tune with its efforts to ensure uniformity in Value Added Tax with neighbouring states, Delhi government on Monday tabled an amendment bill in the Assembly for bringing flexibility in fixing VAT on liquor, tobacco, aerated drinks and certain other items.(Photo-PTI)[/caption]
Delhi Assembly on Tuesday passed the VAT amendment bill amid protest and walkout by BJP MLAs from the assembly.
Assembly passed the VAT Amendment Bill in which the upper limit of VAT has been increased from 20 per cent to 30 per cent which is likely to trigger a hike in fuel prices.
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In tune with its efforts to ensure uniformity in Value Added Tax with neighbouring states, Delhi government on Monday tabled an amendment bill in the Assembly for bringing flexibility in fixing VAT on liquor, tobacco, aerated drinks and certain other items.
The government said the bill will make enabling provisions for levy of VAT in respect of goods enlisted in the Fourth Schedule such as liquor, tobacco, aerated drinks and others - at flexible rates instead of a flat slab of 20 per cent.
BJP lawmaker, O P Sharma, went a step ahead and broke the mike at his table on the last day of the Budget session of the Delhi assembly alleging that it had been turned off.
An upset Sharma said he was not being allowed to speak in the assembly after the Speaker ordered that his mike be switched off.
"Our mikes are switched off whenever we try to raise our question in the assembly. This is not acceptable," Gupta said.
The BJP legislator walked out of the assembly after breaking the mike and returned after sometime.
Sharma was twice marshaled out of the assembly during the Budget session, which started on June 23.
AAP MLAs criticised Sharma's act and demanded him to apologise and pay for damaging government's property. Reacting to it, AAP MLA Somnath Bharti moved a resolution to impose a fine and recover the amount of damage from the MLA's salary.
The Delhi assembly speaker Ram Niwas Goel sent Bharti's resolution to disciplinary committee seeking MLA's salary to be deducted if they damage any property.