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New Delhi: Supporting its decision not to send the Jan Lokpal Bill to the Centre, Delhi government on Tuesday said as many as 13 finance bills were not referred to the Central Government prior to introduction in the legislative assembly between 1996 and 2013.According to a list issued by the government, the Bills which were not referred to Central Government mainly pertain to excise, entertainment and luxury tax departments.The bill includes Delhi Tax on Luxuries Bill (1996), Delhi Tax on Luxuries (amendment) Bill (1996, 2004, 2012) and Delhi Value Added Tax (amendment) Act (2010, 2011, 2012) among others.Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said his government would not bow down to the Home Ministry's "unconstitutional" order which requires Delhi government to obtain prior approval from the Centre before tabling any bill in the assembly.Kejriwal, who is keen on pushing the Jan Lokpal Bill through the assembly without going to the Centre first, today met Jung and discussed the issue.PTI

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Vyapam deaths: Rajnath speaks to Shivraj Chouhan, wants thorough investigation

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Shiv Sena was not born merely for power, says Uddhav Thackeray

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After two more Vyapam scam deaths, Congress demands SC monitored CBI probe

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After two more Vyapam scam deaths, Congress demands SC monitored CBI probe

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BJP offers sops to voters in Bihar ahead of council polls

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BJP offers sops to voters in Bihar ahead of council polls

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Centre not releasing Bihar census figures under planned conspiracy, claims Lalu

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Rahul Gandhi does not want to set up food park, only misguiding people: Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti

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Passing GST, land bill will accelerate investment turnaround, says Arun Jaitley

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Passing GST, land bill will accelerate investment turnaround, says Arun Jaitley

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