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New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers on Wednesday protested outside Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s residence here and demanded his resignation over alleged corruption in the DDCA.

Top AAP leaders, including former minister and party MLA Somnath Bharti, were present as the protestors shouted slogans like “Arun Jaitley must resign”.

Jaitley on Monday filed a defamation suit against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders and sought Rs 10 crore in damages for their statements regarding the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) affairs.

The Delhi government set up a commission of inquiry to probe alleged corruption in the cricket body.

Meanwhile, Union Minister Rajyawardhan Singh Rathore accused Kejriwal of using abusive language against Jaitley’s entire family and running away from his promises of ushering in the politics of no corruption.

(With inputs from agencies)

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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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