New Delhi, March 25: Ahead of MCD election, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressed a press conference on Saturday and promised to abolish residential house tax if he wins the civic polls in the national capital.
“We will abolish residential house tax and waive off all arrears of such taxes of all citizens of Delhi if AAP comes to power in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections,” Kejriwal told reporters.
He added that industrial and commercial house tax will remain as earlier.
Elections to the 272 wards in three municipal corporations are scheduled for April 23. The results will be out on April 26.
Kejriwal said if AAP wins the civic elections then within one year the party will turn around the MCDs. It will become a profitable organisation which at present is undergoing fund crunch.
“The salaries of MCD employees would be released on time if AAP comes to power in civic bodies,” he announced.
The leader complained of corruption prevailing in the corporations and accused councillors of earning money through such practices.
While the Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari severely criticised the move and termed the announcement of abolishing residential house tax shameful.
“It is shameful that he is saying that once his party wins civic elections it will exempt residential properties from house tax. In the last two years, the Kejriwal government has several times written to the three civic bodies to levy and realise house tax sternly, especially from those living in unauthorised colonies,” Tiwari said in a statement.