Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal promised on Saturday to abolish residential house tax in the Capital if his party is voted to power in the upcoming city civic polls.
Kejriwal said the Aam Aadmi Party has worked out the mathematics and the money saved from corruption would be used to cover the shortfall after scrapping the house tax.
Municipal elections in Delhi are due on April 23 and the AAP is contesting the polls for the first time. The usually city-centric exercise is witnessing the first-ever six-party contest with bitter fights expected in each of the 272 wards. The BJP holds all three municipal corporations in the city.
“We had promised to halve power traffic and make water free in the assembly election and have fulfilled that. For the municipal election, we will do away with residential house tax. However, industrial and commercial house tax will be there,” said Arvind Kejriwal.
Kejriwal said that his party had checked MCD account and the money could be saved by plugging corruption.
“Public is harassed on the name of collection of house tax. We will end that harassment. We have seen councillors getting rich after winning the election because tax goes to their pocket. We have shown how money can be saved in construction of flyover, we can do the same in MCD also,” he added.
Giving the example of the north MCD, Kejriwal said the body had a budget of R 3300 crore, out of which R 250-300 crore comes from house tax. “This much amount can easily be saved,” he said. Kejriwal said that party would soon come up with a detailed manifesto for the municipal elections.