Congress workers of Khanna lodged a strong protest against the Punjab government's move to impose property tax in municipal areas. The members complained that heavy charges were being collected from people on the name of regularising unauthorised colonies in Punjab.
The workers led by Khanna Congress member of legislative assembly (MLA) Gurkeerat Kotli and member of Parliament (MP) from Fatehgarh Sahib Sukhdev Singh Libra accused the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janta Party (SAD-BJP) government for increasing the tax imposed on the common man in different forms.
Kotli said, “Levying property tax within the municipal area was not only against public policy but also a sharp sword cutting the throats of residents of Punjab at the time of rise in prices of essential commodities.”
“In Punjab, middle class families were finding it difficult to even make both ends meet. And with the extra burden of payment of property tax, it will further create havoc with their budget,” the Congress MLA said.
He further added, “At the time of the last assembly elections of Punjab in 2012, the ruling party in the state showed a rosy picture to the residents and promised to work for their welfare, but nothing happened. Also, nothing like imposing property tax has been suggested in the amendments made in Punjab Municipal Act or Punjab Municipal Corporation Act,” adding that Congress was set to raise the issue in the assembly session commencing from October 28.
The Fatehgarh MP said the enactment of the property tax had directly affected the common man, while the government claims it was for their benefit.
“Just like industries were shifting from Punjab because of heavy taxes imposed here, now even the common man had started thinking of shifting to other states,” he claimed.
Former Minister Tej Parkash Singh Kotli, party inhcharge from Payal, Lakhbir Singh Lakha and Ludhiana district rural president Malkiat Singh Dakha were also present at the occasion along with other Congress workers. After the protest, the members also submitted a memorandum of their demands to the Khanna additional deputy commissioner (ADC).