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AP House adopts two bills amid oppn protest

Written by: Staff

Hyderabad, Aug 30 (UNI) Even as major opposition parties registered their protests, the Andhra Pradesh Assembly tonight adopted bills to amend the Excise Act and Housing Board Act.

After a walkout by the members of All India Majlis-E-Ittihadul Muslimeen in protest, the revenue-driven excise giving a go-by to the poll promise by the ruling Congress, the house adopted by voice vote the bill to replace the excise(amendment) ordinance to enhance the lease period for shops to two years.

The opposition Telegu Desam Party(TDP) as also the CPI, CPI(M) and BJP demanded that the Government take back the bill.

As major opposition parties, including the TDP pressed for a division, the bill to amend the Housing Board Act to enable the board to enter into joint ventures in public-private, private-public partnerships, was passed with 80 members supporting and 37 members opposing it.

Coming down heavily against the Government for its failure to implement prohibition in phases and closing down 'belt shops', attached to licensed liquor shops, the opposition parties complained that restrictions on opening of liquor shops near educational institutions and places of worship were followed only in breach.


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