The Swaraj India today said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s promise of abolishing house tax if the AAP emerges victorious in the municipal elections was a “desperate and cynical move by a politician who can see the end of road”. Swaraj India, led by psephologist Yogender Yadav, a one-time colleague of Kejriwal, said that the Aam Aadmi Party has realised that it won’t win any of the three civic bodies in Delhi.
“The AAP seems confident that it won’t be anywhere close to winning any of the three MCDs, so it can promise anything it wishes. When the party says that it will end deficit by abolishing house tax, they clearly don’t understand the grammar of governance. Kejriwal probably considers that he can trick and fool the people of Delhi by making such statements,” a press statement issued by Swaraj India said.
Swaraj India, which is making its electoral debut in Delhi civic bodies polls slated to be held on April 23, said Kejriwal’s promise is designed to wreck the municipal corporations and ensure that people don’t get whatever they used to get from MCD. “If the AAP thinks that MCD can be run without taxes, why don’t they announce that the state government will give grant to each MCD equal to house tax revenue foregone. Why make it conditional on AAP winning elections,” it said.
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Swaraj India said that it has announced its vision for municipal governance and has made it very clear that the party will ensure a Delhi, free of garbage, epidemic and pollution. It said that a detailed blueprint of ‘Saaf Dil, Saaf Dilli’ will be released soon.