Government bulldozing bills in Lok Sabha: Congress

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Mallikarjun Kharge, File Photo

New Delhi, November 29: With the passage of the Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016 at Lok Sabha in a jiffy, the Congress has slammed Modi government for “bulldozing bills” in the Lok Sabha just on the strength of their numbers and called the situation as an “undeclared emergency.”

The money bill was passed today in the Lok Sabha based on voice vote, without any debate. According to the Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill, 2016, any person declaring black money will have to pay a tax of 60 per cent and an additional surcharge of 25 per cent of the tax (i.e. 15 per cent of such income), resulting in a total tax amounting to approximately 75 per cent.

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge outside the parliament said that the government is not ready to follow a democratic method of passing bills. “Since they have a majority in the House…they want to bulldoze every bill,” Kharge said.

“In 10 minutes they passed such an important bill. This is undeclared emergency and they are headed towards dictatorship,” he added.

The Congress leader asserted that the members have a right to discuss any bill before it is passed and the present bill is passed in haste, despite being a money bill.

In the Lok Sabha, opposition members had insisted that the House should first take up a debate on demonetisation under an adjournment motion, and then take up the bill.

Trinamool Congress member Sudip Bandyopadhyay also suggested that the debate and the bill can be clubbed, which Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejected while saying it was not possible.

As opposition members protested, the Speaker put the bill to vote amidst the din, and it was passed by voice vote.

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Wefornews Bureau

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