They may be allies, but the Congress and National Congress Party (NCP) do not seem to be in agreement on levying entertainment tax on Indian Premier League (IPL) matches played in the state.
NCP leader and Finance Minister Sunil Tatkare may have claimed that the state will not levy tax on IPL matches, but Chief Minister Ashok Chavan told journalists at Solapur on Saturday that no such decision has been taken. “We can apply duty if need be,” Chavan said.
The Cabinet had, on January 20, taken a decision to tax IPL matches.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) meanwhile, is planning to drag the government to court for this. “Did IPL seek a tax waiver? Why is the state government, reeling under severe debt, favouring IPL,” state BJP spokesperson, Madhav Bhandari, said.
Bhandari alleged that NCP ministers in the Cabinet effected the change in policy.
“They want to appease their party chief, Sharad Pawar, who is also the president of Mumbai Cricket Association,” Bhandari said.