Parliament Winter Session: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Thursday said the government’s decision to lower corporate tax was not just “good PR or good for headlines,” but signified the government’s commitment to good reforms.
The Rajya Sabha approved the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, replacing ordinance used to slash corporate tax rate. Sitharaman said computer software development, mining, printing of books not to be treated as manufacturing for lower tax.
Earlier in the day, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the party will oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in the Parliament. “Congress party is against any form of discrimination against anybody in this country. So anybody who discriminates against anybody who is Indian, we are against them. That is our line. We believe that India belongs to everybody– all communities, all religions, all cultures,” he told reporters in Kerala’s Kozhikode.
The Union Cabinet Wednesday cleared the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that aims to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Bill, however, grants an exemption to a large part of the North East region from the applicability of the proposed law.
Meanwhile, Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, who came out of Tihar jail after being granted bail in the INX Media money laundering case, said that the government cannot suppress his voice in the Parliament.
Reacting to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s remark on onions. “Finance Minister said yesterday that she doesn’t eat onions. So what does she eat? Does she eat avocado?” he asked.
Chidambaram’s reaction came a day after Sitharaman told the Lok Sabha that she belongs to a family “that has little to do with onions”.