Days after local bodies minister Anil Joshi gave ultimatum to the state government to withdraw advance tax being imposed on stocks of traders by Monday and warned of an agitation in case of government's failure to do so, BJP councillors and deed writers in the city joined forces with Joshi on Sunday to oppose the tax.
In a joint statement issued on Sunday, the BJP councillors said the traders and public had to face a lot of inconvenience on account of advance tax on stocks and no-objection certificate (NOC) for property. They urged the government to revoke these orders in a week's time failing which they warned of holding a demonstration with Joshi outside the office of the deputy commissioner.
"We also oppose the VAT 15 worksheet 7 of the excise and taxation department. This is likely to prove detrimental for the traders," BJP councillor Sukhminder Singh Pintu said. "People are feeling harassed on account of NOC. The bureaucracy is hardly doing any justice to them," Aman Airy, another BJP councillor, said.
"We shall hold a demonstration with the local bodies minister if the government fails to revoke advance tax," BJP councillor Rajesh Kumar Honey said.
Meanwhile, the Deed Writers Association has proposed to go on an indefinite strike on account of problems being faced by the public due to NOC on property.