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Akalis resorting to tax terrorism, says Preneet

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Patiala, July 30, 2014
First Published: 09:19 IST(30/7/2014) | Last Updated: 09:20 IST(30/7/2014)

The Congress will stand by traders in the August 10 shutdown that the state government is trying hard to scuttle.

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Preneet Kaur, Congress candidate in the assembly byelection for this seat, on Tuesday said here that her party would support Patiala Beopar Bachao Sangharsh Samiti; and Punjab Property Dealers, Plot Holders and Colonisers Association in the protest against “virtual tax terrorism against trade and industry in the state”.

Opposing the nine-month-old amendment in Punjab’s valueadded tax (VAT) law as “draconian”, she said punitive taxes, coming as a double whammy with recession, would deplete the economy further, since trade would suffer and tax collection decline. It was unheard of that either the chemists paid 200% penalty or the police would go for random raids on their shops, said Preneet.

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