Punjab: AAP opposes new bill introduced by Captain government to impose Rs 216 crore tax

Chandigarh: Opposing the bill introduced by Captain Amarinder Singh government during the ongoing budget session to impose a new tax of Rs 216 crore on the people of the state, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs staged a walk-out from the assembly on Wednesday.

On the issue, AAP MLA Aman Arora said that during the presentation of the budget on Monday, the Captain government had said that no new tax would be imposed on the people, however, two days later, the government introduced a new bill to impose a new tax.

He said that the Punjab Infrastructure (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2021, was introduced in the assembly by the Captain government but the government very cleverly withdrew it. He said that today, after all the work, this tax bill had been introduced.

Arora said that this new tax would be levied on diesel, petrol and all immovable properties which would impose an additional burden of Rs 216 crore on the people. “People are already suffering from inflation. Petrol, diesel prices are skyrocketing and this tax will further increase fuel prices,” he added.

He said that on the one hand the Congress was pretending to oppose the rising fuel prices and on the other hand the Captain government was raising the prices of fuel by imposing more taxes. Arora said that the Aam Aadmi Party opposes this bill and would struggle till the government withdraws it.

He said that it may be recalled that Punjab is the state which has the highest tax on diesel and petrol in North India. Arora said that Punjab is one of the states with the highest fuel prices among the northern states. Compared to the northern states, petrol is Rs 4.1 more expensive in Punjab and diesel is Rs 3.1 more expensive, he added.

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