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Congress fears political backlash on LBT

Maha govt, traders pitted against each other on local body tax implementation

Sanjay Jog  |  Mumbai 

The ongoing stand-off between the government and turned political with MP asking for a review of the imposition of local body tax (LBT).

“An urgent solution must be found where the municipal corporation does not get the required revenue without causing hardships and inspector raj, which will only lead to further corruption,” said Kamat, who made separate representations to Chief Minister and the party president

Kamat’s move is crucial as a section of believes will have an adverse impact on the party’s prospects in the ensuing Lok Sabha and assembly elections.

in are on an indefinite bandh, which entered the second day today.

However, Chavan is believed to have convinced the party high command that LBT's withdrawal will give a mileage to the Opposition, which will not be affordable for the party at this juncture. Further, Chavan has brought to the party high command's notice that a section of were agitating against

Traders are hell-bent on LBT’ total withdrawal, saying it will lead to inspector raj and will further burden them in addition to MVAT, capital value-based property tax, of diesel and petrol and 1 per cent rise in MVAT rates. LBT, which is an alternate to Octroi, is an account based tax collected for every raw material used or imported into the city limits by all businesses, traders and manufacturers.

Chavan has clarified that LBT, which has already been implemented in 24 municipal corporation areas in from April 1 except in the jurisdiction of Municipal Corporations of Greater Mumbai and Nashik, will not be withdrawn although some relaxation can be considered.

Kamat is the second senior Congress leader and after the minister of state for shipping Milind Deora had taken an initiative to organise meeting of agitating traders with Chavan last week.

First Published: Wed, May 08 2013. 00:35 IST