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New Delhi: BJP leader and Finance Minister of India Arun Jaitley turned 63 today. One of the most important figure in Indian politics as this moment, Jaitley is facing controversies in the alleged case of corruption in DDCA.

Arun Jaitley was the head of the DDCA from 2000 to 2013. His own party member Kirti Azad brought to light the issue for which he was suspended from the party next day.

The committee made by the Delhi government, however, did not name Jaitley in its 237 page report. BJP is demanding an apology from Arvind Kejriwal to malign the image of the finance minister, but the AAP is not ready to let this issue go.

Arun Jaitley, once a student leader for the ABVP, is an esteemed politician. His importance for the BJP can be understood from an example from the 2014 Loksabha elections: even though Jaitley lost the election, he was given two of most important ministerial posts, finance and defense.

Jaitley always has had respect as a leader, but this DDCA controversy will prove the sternest test of his political career. The PM said that he has full confidence that ‘Jaitley will pass with flying colors.’

An SRCC alumni and a lawyer by profession, Jaitley is credited for a lot of election success like the 2002 and 2007 Gujarat assembly elections.

The recently concluded winter session saw opposition demanding the resignation of Arun Jaitley.

BJP leader filed a defamation case against the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal last week. Media termed the whole controversy as Jaitley vs Kejriwal.

The best birthday gift for Jaitley would be to get his name clear in the DDCA corruption issue.

In a coming day and the coming year, Arun Jaitley might need a lot of defiances that he has shown over decades-long political career.

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Lok Sabha passes amendment bill on GST cess

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that change in the GST rates was a "natural" process and linked to the rise in tax collection.

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Lok Sabha passed the GST bill today
Lok Sabha passed the GST bill today

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed an amendment bill that seeks to replace an ordinance in which tax rates on motor vehicles was hiked to a maximum of 25 per cent under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime.

The House took up for discussion the GST (Compensation to States) Amendment Bill, 2017 amid din as the Congress and Trinamool Congress members raised slogans and banners protesting against union minister Anant Kumar Hegde’s “amend the Constitution” remarks.

 

The increase in cess for large cars and sports utility vehicles jumped from 15 per cent to 25 per cent.
The increase in cess for large cars and sports utility vehicles jumped from 15 per cent to 25 per cent.

Responding to the contention of opposition members who took part in the debate, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that change in the GST rates was a “natural” process and linked to the rise in tax collection.

The government had issued an ordinance in September to increase cess on motor vehicles,including large cars and sports utility vehicles, from 15 per cent to 25 per cent.

The Cabinet had earlier cleared the bill that seeks to replace the ordinance. IANS

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