After getting the Opposition BJP MLAs suspended from the House for three days, the Congress MLAs on Monday passed three bills without any voice of dissent present on the floor of the House.
The ruling MLAs also criticised the BJP-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s recent notification of levying property tax on unauthorised colonies.
The motion moved by Uttam Nagar MLA Mukesh Sharma sought exemption of tax for properties in the enlisted 1,639 unauthorised colonies and urbanised villages until they were regularised. “There are no municipal facilities like roads, sewer, parks etc. How can the MCD expect property tax from these areas?” he asked.
According to Sharma’s estimate presented before the House, the civic body’s move to levy tax on the colonies would affect more than 40 lakh people.
“It’s not that there is any dearth of ways to maximise revenue for the MCD. It’s just that there is so much corruption that collection does not happen. There should be a CBI inquiry into misappropriation of funds given by the Delhi government to the MCD for sanitation works in unauthorised colonies,” he said.
Finance minister AK Walia said while the MCD is moving a motion to collect tax from unauthorised colonies, they are going slow on regularisation process.
“The government had sent the MCD drawings of 700 unauthorised colonies for verification out of which the MCD returned layout plan of only six colonies. With such slow pace, regularisation will never be completed,” he said.
While the Congress government passed three bills — the Court Fee Bill 2010, Delhi Prevention of Touting and Malpractices Against Tourists Bill and Delhi Value Added Tax Bill 2010 — the BJP cried foul, saying there was no quorum, the minimum number of members needed to be present for the House to function. “How can they function like this when the entire Opposition is absent? This is murder of democracy,” said Leader of Opposition VK Malhotra.