Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijender Gupta, who is the leader of the opposition in Delhi Assembly, on Tuesday demanded that the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government must provide compensation for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) which is slated to lose revenue following the implementation of the Goods and Service Tax (GST). Gupta said that the BJP would be raising the issue of compensation by the AAP government during the special session of the Delhi Assembly that has been scheduled in order to pass the GST legislation in the state. It must be remembered that the BJP controls all the three Municipal Corporations of the city-state.
Gupta also issued a warning saying that the BJP would corner the Arvind Kejriwal-led government if the AAP tried to “malign” the central government over the new tax reform, PTI reported. Speaking to PTI, he said, “The government will have to ensure that the revenue collected as theatre tax and advertisement tax, presently collected by the municipal corporations, are compensated after implementation of the GST”. It must be noted that the BJP, however, has only 4 MLAs in the assembly.
The rest of the MLAs belong to the Aam Aadmi Party. According to reports, the BJP leaders were reported to have conducted a meeting to discuss and decide the strategy of the party during the special session of the Assembly. Gupta also told reporters that the BJP will be raising the matters of alleged corruption charges and various irregularities in several departments of the Delhi government’s departments.