Earlier, Sugar and textile come in the taxation of excise where AED (Additional excise duty) was charged on these products. Centre used to give 1% additional devolution to the states from the AED charged on these products. AED on these products stopped in financial year 2006-07, but the 1% additional devolution to the states continued till 2010-11.
Sugar and textile are the products which everybody need. Putting the VAT on these products will only increase these rates and increase inflation.