Sangli, Maharashtra, May 15 UNI | 3 months ago

Traders and industrial organisations have given an eight-day ultimatum to the state government for taking final decision over the cancellation of Local Body Tax (LBT) without wasting any time.

They warned that if unheeded, their protest would become more aggressive in the backdrop of the coming state assembly election.

Viraj Kokne, Convener of the Action Committee against LBT said that traders would restart their agitation against LBT with a 'Sangli bandh' on May 26, to protest against LBT, if the government does not take a decision on LBT issue during this eight days period.

Mr Kokne said a meeting had been called in Pune by Mohan Gurnani, President of Federation of Association of Maharashtra (FAM), with representatives from all district's traders and they have decided to call an agitation of non-cooperation with government.

They have demanded that LBT be cancelled immediately without any alternative, and have given an eight-day ultimatum to the government for making a decision.

He further said Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has taken positive view on LBT cancellation, but high level officers are opposing the same.

"If the government does not take a decision about cancelling LBT, then FAM will take a convention and call the 'Sangli Bandh' on May 26, and will also appeal to all state traders to vote against the government in the coming Assembly elections. FAM will also decide on the future course of action," Kokne warned.

Traders had demanded cancellation of LBT without any alternative before Lok Sabha election and started agitation in all parts of the state, but government did not do anything except take reports of the decreasing income of various corporations after LBT, he added.

(Posted on 16-05-2014)