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BJP seeks more tax relief

NEW DELHI, MARCH 24. The Bharatiya Janata Party today demanded that the Government give further tax concessions to senior citizens, women and the salaried class when the Finance Bill comes up for discussion and voting in the second part of the budget session after the recess.

If this was not done, the matter would be taken up strongly in Parliament, the BJP deputy leader in the Lok Sabha, V.K. Malhotra, said today.

He told presspersons that he had written to the Union Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram, explaining that the concessions to these categories of people amounted to less than what they were enjoying till now.

While the exemption limit for women and senior citizens was proposed to be raised, this had been more than nullified by the doing away of standard deduction and tax-free interest on savings up to Rs. 12,000 a year.

This had also adversely affected government servants and all those who drew salaries.

"I have received thousands of letters from people in my constituency and I am sure the Government must have also received representations."

Nanavati report

The BJP demanded the tabling of the Nanavati Commission report on the anti-Sikh riots in Delhi and elsewhere immediately after the assassination of Indira Gandhi.

Mr. Malhotra said that if the Government did not table the report, which had already been submitted to the Home Minister, Shivraj Patil, the Government "should not expect to see a peaceful budget session when Parliament reconvenes after the recess."

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