Those starving need not go to watch India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI: Kerala Minister sparks controversy

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The
minister
made
the
controversial
remarks
on
Sunday
(January
8)
when
reporters
asked
him
whether
the
state
government
would
consider
withdrawing
the
alleged
decision
to
hike
the
entertainment
tax
to
be
levied
on
the
spectators.

“What
is
the
need
of
reducing
the
tax?
The
demand
is
that
the
country
is
witnessing
the
phenomenon
of
price
rise
so
the
tax
should
be
reduced.
Those
who
are
starving
need
not
go
to
watch
the
match,”
the
minister
said.

Opposition
Congress
and
the
BJP
came
down
heavily
on
the
minister
for
his
controversial
remarks
against
the
poor,
saying
a
public
servant
should
not
have
made
such
a
statement.

Slamming
the
minister,
Leader
of
Opposition
in
the
State
Assembly
V
D
Satheesan
on
Monday
(January
9)
said
the
people
were
“shocked”
to
hear
such
a
“rude
and
absurd
statement”
from
a
minister
in
the
state’s
democratically
elected
Communist
government.

dasun shanaka

“The
Chief
Minister
should
not
allow
the
minister
to
sit
on
that
chair
even
for
an
hour.
What
does
the
CPI(M),
which
claims
to
be
a
party
for
the
poor,
have
to
say
about
this?”
Satheesan
asked.

BJP
state
president
K
Surendran
urged
the
government
to
withdraw
the
“steep
increase”
in
entertainment
tax
being
levied
for
the
India-Sri
Lanka
ODI
match.
The
minister’s
statement
that
only
those
with
money
should
watch
the
game
is
an
“insult”
to
sports
lovers,
he
said.

“The
sudden
hike
in
entertainment
tax
from
five
to
12
per
cent
is
beyond
the
reach
of
cricket
fans
in
the
state.
The
cricket
lovers
are
forced
to
pay
30
per
cent
tax
including
GST
to
watch
the
game,”
Surendran
said.

The
government,
however,
rejected
the
reports
that
excess
tax
was
being
levied
on
people
to
watch
the
match.
In
a
statement,
state
Local
Self-Government
Minister
M
B
Rajesh
said
the
entertainment
tax
was
actually
reduced
from
a
higher
rate
to
12
per
cent.

He
said
the
tax
rate
was
fixed
after
holding
discussions
with
the
Thiruvananthapuram
Corporation
and
the
Kerala
Cricket
Association
(KCA),
who
are
the
organisers.
Against
this
backdrop,
the
KCA
has
started
selling
tickets
for
the
match
scheduled
to
be
held
here
on
January
15.

(With
PTI
inputs)

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