PM Told BJP MPs Not To Make Statement On VAT

New Delhi, April 22: | Updated: Apr 23 2003, 05:30am hrs
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee asked party MPs not to air their views publicly on the VAT issue, despite the fact that the issue has been agitating them.

Value added tax (VAT), Cenvat, concessions for the powerloom sector, future course of action for the UP-based sugarcane mills were the main issues that were discussed at the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting on Tuesday.

Whatever views you have, convey these to the deputy prime minister or the finance minister but do not air them publicly, Mr Vajpayee said.

On the sugar issue of Uttar Pradesh he said that, Deputy prime minister LK Advani will speak to the UP chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati along with the MPs of the state regarding the problems faced by sugarcane farmers.

On the VAT issues finance minister Jaswant Singh said, it would not be right for the Centre to push the states for imposition of VAT as this is strictly a state subject.

The decision to impose VAT rested with states, he said.

Mr Singh further said that, care will be taken to protect the powerloom sector and that no policy will such that it will hurt this sector.