Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar n Wednesday reiterated BJP Government’s commitment to scrap Local Body Tax (LBT) and provide relief to agitated traders. “I assure that the promise made by BJP on abolishing LBT will be fulfilled and there will be no agonizing moments for traders during the rule of BJP,” said Mungantiwar. He was speaking after inaugurating a Traders’ Sammelan (Gathering) organized by party’s Pradesh Vyapari Aghadi at Pardi-based Kataria Mangal Karyalaya in city.
Stressing the commitment of BJP on scrapping LBT, the Finance Minister Mungantiwar cited the two famous lines from the Holy Scripture Ramayan that said: “Raghukul Reet Sada Chali Ayi, Pran Jaye Par Vachan Na Jaye” (It has been the eternal tradition (reet) of the lineage of Lord Ram (Raghu Kul)
To honor one’s word (vachan), even at the cost of one’s life). “BJP Government is committed to abolish the LBT on traders’ demand as soon as possible. Traders’ contribution in development and prosperity of the nation is unparallel. There is a plan to form a committee to study simplification of various taxes and amending age-old laws and thus stop exploitation of traders. The committee will have only those traders as members who have contributed a lot in strengthening their organizations. The previous Government has left the Government coffers with a debt of Rs 3.45 lakh crore. The interest in crores is burning the people of Maharashtra. As Finance Minister, I am facing the challenge of resolving umpteen problems. The challenge will be fulfilled with the cooperation from all sections of people and the State can now hope for ‘Achhe Din’ soon,” stated Mungantiwar.
Other prominent personalities present on the occasion include East Nagpur MLA and City BJP President Krishna Khopde, BJP State Spokesman Girish Vyas, Traders’ Cell President Kanvarlal Sanghvi, General Secretary Mahendra Kataria, National Executive Member Kishore Khariwal, Arvind Lodha, Shrikant Deshpande, Rajesh Bagdi, Chandan Goswami, Manohar Ahuja, Nagpur Chamber’s Kailash Jogani, Tax Payer Association’s J P Sharma and several office bearers of Traders’ Organisations from across the State.