No-confidence motion admitted against ruling TMC, tax relief amendment passed

The motion was brought in alleging that there was a “complete breakdown” of the law and order situation in the state .

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: December 8, 2016 2:32 am

In a first, the Congress and Left Front together brought in a no confidence motion against the ruling Trinamool Congress government, which was admitted in the Assembly on Wednesday and sent to the business advisory committee scheduled to meet on December 12 to discuss the issue.

The motion was brought in alleging that there was a “complete breakdown” of the law and order situation in the state and that the ruling regime was trying to break opposition parties and force their members to defect to the TMC.

Meanwhile, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority Amendment Bill 2016 was also passed on Wednesday in Assembly.

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State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said that according to the new Bill, a seven-member committee would be formed to look into the tax structure in New Town.

“Tax relief will be given to families of freedom fighters, physically challenged, sportspersons who have won in national competitions and people below poverty level. The tax relief would be from 6-20 per cent,” Hakim said.

Those who had no houses in their name and were interested in buying property there would get a relief of 25 per cent, he added.

Leaders of opposition parties protested against the Bill.

“It is faultily drafted and unconstitutional. It should be sent to the select committee and examined by legal and constitutional experts,” said CPM MLA Ashok Bhattacharya.

Congress MLA Sukhbilas Burma too said that the move was unconstitutional.

During a press conference later, Hakim said that those who had been crying hoarse against the Bill stay at least 100 to 150 km away from Kolkata.

“They should see how New Town has gone through a sea change over the last five years. I would like to invite the MLAs to Eco Park and have a look at New Town as it stands now,” he said.

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