Oppn objects to tabling of Bombay Motor Vehicle Act amendment bill

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Mumbai, Mar 13 (UNI) Maharashtra Government today faced an embarrassing situation when the opposition raised an objection over tabling of a bill by Finance Minister Jayant Patil to amend the Bombay Motor Vehicle Tax and Act.

Devendra Phadnavis, Eknath Khadse (BJP) and Wamanrao Chatap raised the objection that the government did not have the right to table the bill since already another bill on this issue was with the Joint Select Committee.

Mr Patil first tabled the bill to amend the Bombay Motor Vehicle Tax Act 1985, the Bombay Motor Vehicles (taxation or passengers) Act, 1958; the Maharashtra Education and Employment Guarantee (cess) Act 1962; the Maharashtra Tax on Sale of Electricity Act 1963; the Maharashtra State Tax on Professions, Trades, Callings and Employment Act 1975, the Maharashtra Tax Acts Amendment Act 1975 and the Maharashtra Employment Guarantee Act 1977 and to repeal the Bombay Scarcity Relief Fund Act 1958.

However, the BJP members raised an objection pointing out that since the original bill on this was already with the select committee, the new bill cannot be introduced. The BJP members even threatened to take the matter to court. The BJP's claim was countered by Congress-NCP for over half an hour and finally as the stipulated time for the government bill was over the state government could not pass or even discuss the bill.

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