While alleging that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was acting against the interests of the people of Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister and senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia said that if municipal bodies can waive off tax for VVIP’s then why can’t they do the same to benefit common citizens.
Releasing documents backing his claims, he went on saying that” Last year on August 24, the BJP Mayor of North MCD waived off the residential house tax of a haveli owned by Union Minister Vijay Goel. This was done under Rule 177 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act (1957), which allows municipal bodies to waive any tax that the MCDs decide does not need to be levied. If this rule can be used to provide direct benefit to Union ministers, why can this rule not be applied to provide benefit to common citizens? This hypocrisy of the BJP is against the interests of the people” as reported by Indian Express.
Stating that the AAP has read all the legal provisions for making the house tax waiver and that even corporations could make amendments to the act, Sisodia accused BJP and Congress of misleading people that the parliament can only waive off the tax.
“The precedent for waiver of house tax has been set by the BJP-run MCDs. If the law allows for such waivers without needing Parliament’s approval, then the same law can be used to waive off house tax for all of Delhi,” Sisoda said. He also added“The Delhi government has demonstrated there is no shortage of funds in the system, if corruption is eliminated. The MCDs too will not face any paucity of funds if the AAP comes to power and in fact, honest governance will ensure that citizens would have to pay the least taxes possible.” as reported by Indian Express.
To this, Former mayor Yogesh Chandolia replied that the order was to exempt all heritage properties and not Goel alone.