Around one lakh voters from city will vote against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in the upcoming assembly polls if the state does not take a decision to replace octroi/LBT by efficient alternate sources of tax collection.
The Federation of Association of Maharashtra (FAM), which has been championing the cause of traders across the state against LBT, took the decision on Wednesday night.
“We have decided that we will vote for the party that support us,” said Mohan Gurnani, president of FAM. He added that the resolution has been already passed unanimously. “FAM resolves that unless a decision on alternatives of octroi/LBT is not adopted as suggested by the Maharashtra Economic Development Council, under the chairmanship of former principal secretary of Maharashtra Subodh Kumar reports, they will continue their protest,” added Gurnani.
“FAM will launch a statewide andolan after February 1, with the support of any political parties that wishes to back our cause,” said Gurnani, adding, “The party supporting us will have to give a written commitment and only then we vote for them.” He added that they have already received Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) support against LBT.
Earlier, the representatives of several industrial and trade organisations warned that if the state government fails to scrap the new tax system, it may have to suffer in the state assembly elections which will held next year.
The Subodh Kumar committee had identified four alternative sources of revenue generation other than LBT such as motor spirit, stamp duties, local body surcharge on value added tax and bridge arrangement of fungible floor space index in municipal corporation areas.