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    Indian state's 'luxury tax' on samosas sparks row

    NEW DELHI: One of India's poorest states has said it will impose a “luxury tax” on samosas -- one of the country's most popular snacks -- sparking widespread outrage.

    The Bihar government announced plans this week for the new levy to offset an anticipated plunge in the state's revenues when a ban on alcohol sales comes into force in April.

    Cosmetics, perfumes and some sweets were also among the “luxury” items to be taxed at 13.5 percent, but the decision to include the much-loved pastry snack was met with bafflement on social media.

    “Weird tax alert! Ready for samosa politics?” Twitter user Shruti Malhotra wrote, while Azeem Shaikh posted: “Eh? Please leave the humble #samosa alone."

    Opposition politicians in the eastern state, which is also one of India's most populous, warned the tax would hurt ordinary people.

    “This is a foolish, anti-people idea that will hurt the masses,” Devesh Kumar, spokesman for the Bharatiya Janata Party in Bihar, told AFP.

    “Besides exposing the state's precarious financial situation, a luxury tax on popular snacks like samosas and kachoris also exposes a lack of ideas,” he said.

    The row recalls the 2012 controversy over Britain's plan to extend levies on takeaway food to Cornish pasties and other hot snacks.

    The government was forced to back down after a public outcry over what became known as the “pasty tax”.

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    Re: Indian state's 'luxury tax' on samosas sparks row

    This is rediculous! There should be no tax on basic food items. Samosa is food for many poors including beggars. This won't hurt therich but the poors only.
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    Re: Indian state's 'luxury tax' on samosas sparks row

    This does not make any sense whatsoever!
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    Re: Indian state's 'luxury tax' on samosas sparks row

    Quote Originally Posted by Neo View Post
    This is rediculous! There should be no tax on basic food items. Samosa is food for many poors including beggars. This won't hurt therich but the poors only.

    Gr8 Biharis elected this crook Nitish Kumar and chor Laloo over honest Bihar BJP leadership .The state of bihar has turned into junge raaj 2.0 in last 60days. 600 murders, 100 kidnappning in last 2month.

    http://www.oneindia.com/india/anothe...r-1980587.html

    Crook Nitish kumar got 6 bill$ gift from Modi govt 's FDI from GE, Alstsom but he has no time for their CEO


    http://www.firstpost.com/business/th...s-2578312.html
    The Bihar riddle: Modi govt clears loco projects but CM Nitish has no time for GE, Alstom chiefs

    Laloo and Nitish will rip the state apart & turned it into Bengal with in a decade

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    Re: Indian state's 'luxury tax' on samosas sparks row

    Never tax a food. Hurts the poorest
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    Re: Indian state's 'luxury tax' on samosas sparks row

    Why hit the poor like this? Sad

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    Re: Indian state's 'luxury tax' on samosas sparks row

    In Bihar samosas are call singaras.

    Best taste. Grew up in school eating them in a thin gravy with chhole in our canteen. What's called ragda here in Maharashtra. Samosa chaat.

    I am Bihari.
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    Re: Indian state's 'luxury tax' on samosas sparks row

    Authorities gone mad. Samosa cannot be a taxable item.

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    Re: Indian state's 'luxury tax' on samosas sparks row

    Samosa tax? Why not luxury items not stable diet?

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    Re: Indian state's 'luxury tax' on samosas sparks row

    What a bunch of **** heads hurting the poor the most

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    Re: Indian state's 'luxury tax' on samosas sparks row

    Quote Originally Posted by Dhiraj Kumar View Post
    Gr8 Biharis elected this crook Nitish Kumar and chor Laloo over honest Bihar BJP leadership .The state of bihar has turned into junge raaj 2.0 in last 60days. 600 murders, 100 kidnappning in last 2month.

    http://www.oneindia.com/india/anothe...r-1980587.html

    Crook Nitish kumar got 6 bill$ gift from Modi govt 's FDI from GE, Alstsom but he has no time for their CEO


    http://www.firstpost.com/business/th...s-2578312.html
    The Bihar riddle: Modi govt clears loco projects but CM Nitish has no time for GE, Alstom chiefs

    Laloo and Nitish will rip the state apart & turned it into Bengal with in a decade
    What has this to do with taxing samosa?

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    Re: Indian state's 'luxury tax' on samosas sparks row

    Next will be flour.

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    Re: Indian state's 'luxury tax' on samosas sparks row

    This is an act of pure lunacy.

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    Re: Indian state's 'luxury tax' on samosas sparks row

    What the reason for banning alcohol? This seems to be a ridiculous state of affairs?

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