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Opp seeks Prez’s help on IT Amendment Bill issue


New Delhi: Terming passage of the Income Tax Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha without any discussion akin to trampling of democracy, 16 opposition parties, including the Congress, on Thursday met President Pranab Mukherjee seeking his intervention in the matter.

Amid loud protests by the opposition, the Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016, to facilitate levy of 60 percent tax on undisclosed income.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Communist Party of India-Marxist politburo member Mohammad Salim were among a host of leaders from the opposition parties, who met Mukherjee and submitted a memorandum seeking his intervention in the matter.

“There is a sense in the country that voice of the people is being suppressed. This is being done across the country and now being done inside parliament,” Gandhi told media persons after the meeting.

“This is not the way to run parliamentary business and that is why we came to the President here to complain.  We complained to him how the voice of parliament, voice of the Lok Sabha is being crushed,” he said.

“Sixteen opposition parties came to speak to the President about the way the Taxation Amendment Bill was passed. Naturally we are aggrieved as parliamentary system is being diluted. So we approached the President urging him to ensure that bills are passed according to rules and regulations. We hope to get positive results,” said Bandyopadhyay.  –IANS