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MCD Elections 2017: Manoj Tiwari slams Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for house tax poll promise

Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari addresses a press conference in New Delhi. (PTI)

Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari today attacked Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for his recent poll promise to abolish house tax, even as he showed two letters of the Delhi government directing MCD not to provide any concession or rebate in taxes, fee and charges. During a press conference at state party office here, Tiwari said with the government’s letters, the “dual character” of Kejriwal has come to the fore and the people of Delhi will definitely identify his “tactics” ahead of MCD elections to be held on April 23.

Last week, Kejriwal had promised during a press conference at his official residence that Aam Aadmi Party would do away with residential house tax and also waive arrears of property tax if voted to power in municipal polls.

Presenting the two written communications to Urban Development Department while giving loan to East and North MCD, Tiwari said that in one letter dated February 4, 2016, the Kejriwal government had directed MCDs not to provide any concession or rebate in taxes, fee or charges levied by them. “Apart from this, government had also directed to increase revenue through improved property tax coverage, bring left out properties under property tax net…

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“On one hand, Kejriwal announces that AAP would abolish house tax, but on other hand, he advocates to increase property tax and not provide any concession in taxes to Delhiites,” he told a press conference at the state party’s office here.

The Delhi BJP chief also appealed to the people of Delhi not to fall in any “trap” of Aam Aadmi Party in the upcoming MCD elections, saying “Kejriwal’s dual character has come to the fore through these two letters”.

In another letter dated June 11, 2015, the AAP government, Tiwari said, asked municipal corporations that “Safai Karamcharis (sanitation workers), and ‘Beldars’ engaged on temporary basis will be discontinued in a phased manner. “Kejriwal claimed that they are in favour of sanitation workers, but on other hand, they issue such order…Delhiites have no faith on Kejriwal’s words as they have pretty well seen the fate of his pre-2015 promises,” Tiwari said.

Delhi BJP claimed that Kejriwal has “misused” his official residence by making announcements related to policy matters of MCDs, saying State Election Commission should take suo moto cognisance and act to restrain him from future “misuse”. Tiwari said that BJP would digitise all three municipal corporations so that people won’t need to visit their offices for various works if voted to power in MCD elections.

Talking about the poll campaign, he said that since BJP has formed the government at the Centre under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, inflation rates of several commodities have significantly fallen in the national capital. He said that before the formation of Modi government in 2014, prices of several pulses were very “high”, but in 2017, the same have significantly gone down and in view of this, BJP will go among the masses and inform them in the run up to the MCD elections.