Decisive battle against VAT in UP: Kanchal

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Lucknow, Oct 28 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Udyog Vyapar Pratinidhimandal today announced a decisive battle to decry the implementation of Value Added Tax (VAT).

''Vat is a part of 'kala kanoon'. It will directly affect both the traders and the consumers, which we would never let happen.

Therefore, we have exhorted traders to down shutters on November 27 and 28 to protest the issue,'' Vyapar Mandal state unit president Banwari Lal Kanchal, also a Samajwadi Party (SP) MP, said at a news conference here today.

Besides, we would do chakka jams on several railway tracks across Uttar Pradesh on November 27 as part of our decisive battle against VAT. The agitation would be followed by a grand traders rally in the last week of February, he informed.

The SP leader said the VAT would shoot up inflation and encourage 'inspector raj' in the state. The Uttar Pradesh traders are already reeling under the burden of several taxes. Instead of VAT, efforts ought to be made for removing discrepancies in the Trade Tax.

In August, the Vyapar Mandal had demanded from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati to order closure of Reliance Retail outlets in the state.

Later, the Chief Minister directed closure of the shops citing reasons of law and order.

The opening of the shops owned by the Industrial Group Reliance saw huge protests and some of the stores were ransacked by the mob led by Mr Kanchal, who had said ''the traders would never allow the retail chains to function.'' UNI

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