Traders across Maharashtra have called for an indefinite state-wide bandh from April 22 against the imposition of local body tax (LBT) and local panchayat tax. All wholesale and semi-wholesale markets will remain closed in Maharashtra from April 22, Federation Association of Maharashtra president Mohan Gurnani said. The state government imposed LBT in lieu of octroi from April 1 in Maharashtra. In Mumbai,it was to be imposed from October 1.
LBT came into effect from April 1 in Kolhapur,Solapur and Vasai-Virar areas. Traders in the areas were forced to get registration numbers and served a notice to pay LBT on monthly turnover of the sales along with interest and late fee. Also,traders were threatened with penal action including two years imprisonment for failing to pay the dues,Gurnani said.