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Business News/ News / India/  Karnataka: Siddaramaiah govt's temple tax bill defeated; BJP chants ‘Jai Shree Ram’ to protest. 10 things to know

Karnataka: Siddaramaiah govt's temple tax bill defeated; BJP chants ‘Jai Shree Ram’ to protest. 10 things to know

The opposition expressed great displeasure against the Religious Endowment Amendment Bill.

Siddaramaiah govt's temple tax bill defeated (ANI)Premium
Siddaramaiah govt's temple tax bill defeated (ANI)

The Congress government in Karnataka could not pass the Hindu Religious Endowment Amendment Bill (popularly known as the temple tax bill) in the  Legislative Assembly due to the lack of strength of the government in the State's Council. Here is all you need to know about the bill and why it was rejected. 

10 things to know about temple tax bill

  • The Bill mandates the state to collect 10% tax from temples generating revenue exceeding 1 crore and 5% from shrines with revenue of between 10 lakh and 1 crore.
  • As the government placed the Religious Endowment Amendment bill inside the assembly on Friday, the opposition expressed great displeasure against it.
  • Amid opposition pressure, Karnataka Minister Ramalinga Reddy said that he will present the bill again on Monday. 
  • However, Deputy Chairman of Karnataka Legislative Council Pranesh had objected to this. He cited that once a bill has been discussed, it cannot be postponed.
  • Following this, the house was adjourned for 10 minutes to discuss and decide.
  • When the voting procedure started for the Religious Endowment Bill, though a large number of BJP and opposition members participated, only five members of the ruling party were present.
  • As expected, more MLAs voted against the bill in the Assembly, than those who supported it. Hence, the bill failed to pass. As the bill fell, BJP members raised 'Jai Shree Ram' slogans while Congress members shouted 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'.
  • Amid the criticism for government's amendments to the Hindu Religious Institutions and Charitable Endowment Bill, ministers Ramalinga Reddy and Dinesh Gundu Rao staunchly defended it. 
  •  Ramalinga Reddy alleged that BJP is 'anti-Hindu' adding that the party which was in power in 2011 had made the amendments to the Bill. Meanwhile, minister for Health, Dinesh Gundu Rao said that the BJP should realise the Bill is for the benefit of the temples.
  • Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that the allegations regarding the amendments to the Bill "appear to be misrepresented", "aiming only at misleading the public" and "polarizing people along communal lines for political leverage."


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Published: 24 Feb 2024, 09:09 AM IST
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