Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Uproar in Assembly over lottery row

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:The lottery row triggered noisy scenes in the Assembly for the second day on Wednesday with the Opposition United Democratic Front engaging Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac in a heated debate and, at one point of time, barging into the well of the House taking umbrage at a remark of his about Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy.

The issue was raised by the Opposition leader, who wanted to know under what circumstances the Minister had announced outside the House about the conduct of a departmental inquiry into the acceptance of advance tax by the Assistant Commissioner, Commercial Taxes, Palakkad, in violation of the relevant norms.

The Minister, he alleged, had announced the inquiry after telling the House that there was no question of holding any inquiry into the Opposition charges. Dr. Isaac replied that he had only asked the Taxes Secretary to see if there was any violation of the relevant norms.

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