Facing a series of allegations, Maharashtra rural development minister Pankaja Munde, who celebrated her birthday on Tuesday, landed in another controversy. This time, she is under attack for using a Delhi-registered Range Rover without paying vehicle tax in the state, besides putting red beacon atop in violation of rules, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has alleged.
It has claimed that Munde is using a private car registered in Delhi without following proper procedure and without paying necessary tax in Maharashtra. The party also said that she and some other ministers of the Sena-BJP government have illegally put red beacon on their vehicles, which is common practice for the VVIPs the state.
HT had reported how over half a dozen ministers, including Munde, were using red beacon atop their private cars. While slamming the ministers on the issue, the AAP said that it is an example of the moral bankruptcy of the BJP-Sena ministers, who flout all rules despite being continually accused in one scam after the other.
According to the AAP, the SUV with licence plate DL 12 CD 1212 vehicle is registered under the name of Radico NV Distilleries, which is an Aurangabad-based company.
Munde’s husband, Charudatta Palwe, is a director in the company. Though Munde is continuously using the vehicle in the state, she has not paid tax on it, the party alleged.
“It has been reported that her Range Rover is the most expensive vehicle in use by any minister. However, while Munde can easily afford an expensive vehicle, what she cannot afford is to pay state taxes,” said Preeti Sharma-Memon, national spokesperson of AAP, adding that Delhi transport ministry has confirmed them that Munde had not applied for NOC (no objection certificate) to transfer the vehicle to Maharashtra. Under the Motor Vehicle Act, one has to pay motor vehicle tax if he uses a vehicle registered in another state for more than six months.
The AAP has written complaint to chief minister Devendra Fadanvis and transport commissioner Shyam Wardhane about the violation. But, Memon said that they do not hope any action against Munde.
“We are certain that no action will be taken because under the Modi government, only AAP MLAs get arrested and all BJP ministers get clean chits,” she said. Munde could not be reached for comment despite repeated attempt, while Wardhane said he has not yet received any complaint.