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BJP warns of legal action if govt declares IPL tax free

mumbai Updated: Mar 13, 2010 15:32 IST

BJP said it would take legal action, if the state government fails to implement a cabinet decision to impose entertainment tax on the Indian Premier League(IPL) matches in Mumbai.

Finance Minister Sunil Tatkare's recent announcement that there will be no entertainment tax on the IPL matches, has evoked a sharp reaction from the main opposition. The party has alleged that the government was favouring the cash-rich league and warned it will move the court if the matches are not taxed.

"Did IPL seek a tax waiver? Why is the state government, reeling under a severe debt burden, favouring IPL," state BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari told PTI.

It was decided in the state cabinet meeting on January 20, to levy entertainment tax on IPL, he said. However, the minutes of the decision were not made, he added.

"Chief Minister Ashok Chavan should explain if the state cabinet has decided to give a tax waiver to IPL," Bhandari said.

About the January 20 cabinet decision to tax IPL, Bhandari said "Chavan should explain why was that decision taken and why has the latest one been taken."

"Is Tatkare, who belongs to NCP, trying to appease his party chief Sharad Pawar, president of Mumbai Cricket Association?," Bhandari asked.