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Sisodia accuses BJP MLAs of blocking discussion over VAT Amendment Bill


Manish Sisodia

New Delhi: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs of obstructing the discussion over the VAT (Amendment) Bill in the Assembly, saying they tore the Bill and left before the discussion could take place.

“Now if they don’t understand VAT (Amendment) Bill what can we do? Before we could discuss it they tore the Bill and left. There was a discussion after that. I spoke and Somnath spoke. When the proposal for discussion came, they opposed it ,” said Sisodia .

The Delhi Assembly passed the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill today. The Bill was passed even as the Assembly witnessed high drama after BJP MLA Vijender Gupta tore off the amendment papers and his party MLAs staged a walkout from the session.

It will make enabling provisions for levy of VAT in respect of goods enlisted in the Fourth Schedule at flexible rates instead of a flat slab of 20 percent.