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Five-day Assembly session begins


The five-day monsoon session for Delhi Assembly is set to begin on Monday and will end on 26 August. 

According to officials, the government is likely to table two Bills including Luxury Tax Amendment Bill and Ambedkar University Bill. In Luxury Tax Bill, the government will do away with tax on hotel room renting up to Rs 1,500 in the national capital. 

As per the existing Delhi Tax on Luxuries Act (1996), any person who stays in a hotel room whose tariff is Rs 750 per day or above, has to pay luxury tax. Besides, the issue of the arrest of AAP MLAs is expected to be raised by the ruling party members. 

Apart from this, the Assembly is likely to seek clarity over jurisdiction of Delhi government and the Lt Governor and ask the city administration to move the Supreme Court on the issue. 

"In view of this, they will table a resolution on the floor of the House asking the Delhi government to move Supreme Court," said an official adding that after the Delhi High Court’s order earlier this month, which had stamped the primacy of the LG in the city administration "confusion" has prevailed among the MLAs over rights of the Assembly. 

The official said that in other places, the government has the power to directly present the bill before Assembly but in Delhi the situation is the other way round. The AAP government had already announced that it will move the Supreme Court against the HC verdict which had ruled that the LG is the administrative head of Delhi. 

Meanwhile, the Opposition BJP will also seek to corner the AAP dispensation over numbers of issues, including imposition of Section 144 near the CM’s residence. 

Opposition Leader Vijender Gupta said that BJP will confront the ruling party for its unconstitutional action leading to a piquant situation in running the government.