CM Kejriwal takes a dig at BJP-led municipal corporations

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 26, 2015 02:48 IST

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal blamed BJP-led municipal corporations for the financial mess they are in and asked the saffron party to hand over the civic bodies to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

“AAP would turn the financial situation around in a year,” the CM said in the assembly on Wednesday.

“If they could not pay their staff then they should resign and let AAP run the corporations. We will change things in a year,” he said.

“We should all go and meet the Union finance minister. We should tell him that Congress, BJP and AAP are all here, now give us the money,” he said.

Last week, the three mayors of civic agencies met Kejriwal and sought Rs 302 crore.

“When we left the government last year they were in profit but in the last one under central government’s rule there is a loss of Rs 4,500 crore. ‘BJP jaha haath laga deti hai waha ghaata ho jaata hai’,” he said.

Kejriwal alleged that the corporations are sealing shops in the city in the name of collecting conversion charges.

“Everybody talks about ensuring ‘ease of doing business’. But the corporations are sealing shops. If you close shops, how will they do business and pay taxes. MCD needs to end corruption,” Kejriwal said.

“During our last tenure, we stopped raids on traders so they voted for us. Similarly, this year we have ordered officials to carry out raids only on specific information. No routine raids will be carried out,” he said.

Kejriwal appealed to traders to pay taxes and assured that all the money will be utilised for the development of the city.

“Traders were reluctant to pay taxes but they used to do charity fearing that corrupt officers will misuse the money. I appeal to traders to contribute for good cause,” Kejriwal said.

“Delhi contributed Rs 65,000 crore from income and service taxes to the Centre but in return we get only Rs 325 crore. This is wrong. If the central government increases our share then we will be able to return more. With more share we will open new industries and create employment and will finally contribute to economy. At least give 10% of what we contribute,” Kejriwal said.

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