Delhi Assembly passes motion seeking withdrawal of MCD notices
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Last Updated: Monday, November 29, 2010, 20:13
New Delhi: The Delhi Assembly on Monday passed a motion seeking withdrawal of notices issued by MCD for recovery of house tax from residents of Delhi's 1,639 unauthorised colonies, with legislators of the ruling Congress strongly criticising the BJP for politicising the issue.

Functioning in the absence of Opposition BJP, whose MLAs have been expelled for 3 sittings, the Assembly passed the motion in this regard moved by MLA Mukesh Sharma.

The motion said the house should ensure that no house or property tax be levied on residents of 1,639 unauthorised colonies of Delhi and on the original owners of the property and their heirs in the 365 rural and urban villages who are putting their property for their personal use.

The Congress MLAs also blasted the BJP councillors in the MCD for "politicising the issue and misleading the people of rural areas" that the tax was being sought by the Delhi government, when in fact the move was that of the MCD.

"This issue concerns as many as 40 lakh people of Delhi. The proposal to impose house tax on them was passed by the MCD in 2001. In fact, it was the Delhi government which had stopped the tax from being levied," said legislator Mukesh Sharma.

"We will not tolerate this move. The MCD says it is facing crunch of funds to justify the move, but this is due to high level of corruption in their ranks," Sharma charged.

Other MLAs too criticised the move to issue notices for the recovery of house tax from the unauthorised colonies and urban villages.

MLA Karan Singh accused the BJP leaders of "misleading" the people of the colonies by telling them that the tax is being imposed by the Delhi government when in fact the notices have been issued by their own proposal.

MLA Naseeb Singh said the inhabitants of the colonies are the people whose agricultural lands were acquired by the DDA and they should not be further tormented by imposing property taxes on them.

"In the absence of other employment avenues, they are earning living by renting out rooms. Asking them for property tax will lead to a grave situation," he said.

He termed the MCD as the only "blot" on the governance in Delhi, demanding that the civic agency by dissolved.

The Assembly functioned today without the opposition, and in the absence of many of the Congress benchers as well.

In fact, a major part of the proceedings were held without the quorum of 23 members.

The Assembly also passed three bills today, including the The Court Fee (Amendment) Bill, 2010, The Delhi Prevention of Touting and Malpractices Against Tourists Bill, 2010 and The Delhi Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2010.


First Published: Monday, November 29, 2010, 20:13

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