Brahm Mohindra asks SAD-BJP govt to abolish property tax

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: May 25, 2014 21:52 IST

With the NDA government taking over the rein at the centre, the Punjab Congress vice-president has asked the SAD-BJP alliance to abolish the property tax with immediate effect.

As the Punjab government has extended the last date of filing property tax to June 30, Mohindra termed it as double standard of the government. "Rather than extending the date of filing the tax, the SAD-BJP government should abolish it with immediate effect," said Mohindra.

"You have misled the public by saying that the UPA government forced Punjab to impose property tax. You also promised to abolish it if the NDA government was formed at the centre. Thus, the SAD-BJP government should either scrap the property tax with immediate effect or tender apology to public for misleading them in the Lok Sabha campaign," said Brahm Mohindra.

In a press release issued here, five time MLA from Patiala, Mohindra asked the SAD-BJP government to scrap the property tax by issuing a notification. The Congress would support the ruling alliance in passing the bill to abolish the property tax in the coming budget session. "If the SAD-BJP government fails to do so, the Congress will expose the double standard of the ruling alliance in the public," he added.

Taking a dig at the SAD leadership, Mohindra said instead of seeking a ministerial berth in the NDA cabinet, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal must bargain for economic package for the state, as promised in the Lok Sabha election campaign.

"I do hope that you will show some statesmanship and instead of requesting for a ministerial berth, you will ask for an economic package for Punjab to bail out the state from debt," added Mohindra.

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