Congress spars with Govt over amendments in Finance Bill

SansadTV Bureau
New Delhi: A scene in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing Parliament session. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: A scene in the Lok Sabha during the ongoing Parliament session.
Photo – PTI

Criticising the BJP-led central government for brining number of amendments in the Finance Bill, the Congress party accused it of pursuing “disruptive” policies and suffering from “indecision”. The government had, on Tuesday, introduced 40 amendments to the Bill, including making Aadhaar card compulsory while filing income tax returns and even in case of applying for the PAN card.

Speaking in the debate on Finance Bill, Congress member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury charged the government of imposing its whims and fancies.

He also said that like many changes were made in the rules after demonetisation, now there are changes in the Finance Bill too. “You are proving that you are suffering from indecision,” the senior Congress MP from West Bengal said.

“While the Congress government pursued adoptive and persuasive policies, this government is pursuing disruptive and coercive policies,” he went on to say.

Responding to the oft-made criticism of the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government that it resorted to ‘tax terrorism’, Chowdhury said, “in which parameter is it (the Finance Bill) different from tax terrorism”.

File photo of Aadhaar cards. (Representative Image).

File photo of Aadhaar cards. (Representative Image).

On the move to make Aadhaar number compulsory while filing income tax returns, he asked whether the present infrastructure was ready for such a system and urged the government to make Aadhaar voluntary. Similar contention was raised in Rajya Sabha by by Congress MP Jairam Ramesh.

The principal opposition party also questioned the ruling BJP over the proposal to write off loans of farmers in Uttar Pradesh. Chowdhury asked why the same was not extended to farmers in other states. It looks like the government is “doing such things whenever there are polls”.

Responding to the Congress MP’s charges, BJP’s Nishikant Dubey urged the Congress not to mislead the people as the Opposition party questioned the GDP numbers.

Taking a dig at the Congress, he said it wanted answers on surgical strikes as well as GDP numbers and also alleged that the previous regime had indulged in tax terrorism.

Another Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan too stepped in the debate asking what have the poor people received from the government “except for speeches and announcements”. She urged the government to look into corruption in sports in the country.

Abhishek Singh (BJP) said the Opposition, and especially the Congress party, has been demoralised by the recent victories of the BJP in various elections, including the state polls, while another BJP MP Shivkumar Udasi claimed the government was working in a transparent and honest manner.

(With inputs from the PTI)