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Mention of ‘Ambanis & Adanis’ heats up discussion in Hou

July 19, 2019 06:09 AM

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Mention of ‘Ambanis & Adanis’ heats up discussion in House

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New Delhi:

The discussion over the finance bill on Thursday saw sharp exchanges with TMC leader Saugata Roy’s references to “Ambanis and Adanis” being essential to the government and BJP hitting back saying several influential individuals had been brought to the doorstep of jail in the previous Modi government and would soon be in prison.


Roy said the budget has lowered the tax rate of corporates with turnover of Rs 400 crore from 30% to 25% while it has increased prices of diesel which affect the poor and the common man most. BJP MP Nishikant Dubey asked the Chair to expunge names but Roy said he had not named any individual, but had only mentioned names of leading industries.

Presiding officer Meenakashi Lekhi at first ruled for expunction but senior BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab said there are several corporates named after families who started them. Mahtab was reported as saying that in the past names of Tatas and Birlas were taken in the House so the secretariat should check the record. It was decided that names will be expunged after checking past records.

Speaking earlier, Dubey said PM Modi had fully lived up to his promise that he would not indulge in corruption nor allow it under his watch. In an indirect reference to cases pending against opposition leaders and their family members, Dubey emphasised that influential accused will not be spared.

Initiating discussion on the bill, leader of the Congress in the Lower House, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, said several amendments to laws that are not related to finance are being proposed through the finance bill. The government has been encroaching upon the territory of Parliament as most of the bills are not going for scrutiny, he said.

Mahtab asked whether the path set out by former finance minister Arun Jaitley had been abandoned as the budget proposals had revealed higher tax rates. Where is the commitment to reduce tax burden and asked what could be the explanation for the change in approach.

The BJD leader’s intervention was closely followed by opposition and ruling party benches after he had on Wednesday called on the House to “appreciate and support” Modi’s recent foreign policy engagements, saying that the PM has shown a delicate balance between US and China and had succeeded in presenting India’s case at G20 and urged the House to extend full support to Modi

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