The municipal corporation (MC) House on Thursday rejected the agenda of imposition of house tax in five villages — Hallomajra, Palsora, Maloya, Dadumajra and Kajheri — that fall under its jurisdiction.
Members of both Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress staged a walkout against imposition of house tax. Members of the Pendu Sangharsh Committee also held a protest outside the MC house and raised slogans against officials of the civic body and the UT administration.
Gurpreet Singh, president, Pendu Sangharsh Committee, said, we will not allow this to happen. He said if the administration goes ahead with it, they will intensify their protest.
Later, it was decided in the house to exempt these villages of property tax.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillor Hardeep Singh, who represents some of the villages, said, “The MC is unnecessarily imposing property tax on poor villagers. It has totally neglected these areas where residents are deprived of basic amenities.”
He said as “why they are imposing tax on villages”, especially when they did not include villages under the smart city project. Their focus is only on cities and it appears that the villages will not get any benefit as part of smart city project, they averred. In all, there are 23 villages, out of which 10 are under the municipal corporation and 13 under the Chandigarh administration. Burail, Kajheri, Attawa, Buterla, Badheri, Palsora, Maloya, Dadumajra, Hallomajra and Manimajra villages fall under the MC while Dhanas, Sarangpur, Lahora, Khuda Jassu, Khuda Ali Sher, Kaimbwala, Kishangarh, Daria, Mauli Jagran, Raipur Kalan, Raipur Khurd, Makhanmajra and Behlana fall under the UT Administration.
Yellow roses for mayor
Taking a dig at city mayor Poonam Sharma for constructing a building at Attawa without approval of drawing plan, BJP councillors on Thursday gave yellow roses to Sharma asking her to allow other residents to construct buildings without approval of drawing plans. Reacting to his, Sharma said, it is BJP symbol, you better shake hand with me as it is the symbol of the Congress.
Cong councillors give dal to BJP counterparts
Congress councillors also gave packets of ‘dal’ (pulses) to their BJP counterparts saying that the Union government has failed to control rising prices, especially pulses and termed that NDA government as a complete failure on all fronts. Even the nominated councillors said pulses should be given to them also.
Mayor loses cool
City mayor lost her cool after BJP councillors raised the issue of her illegal property at Attawa village. She claimed that BJP councillor Satish Kainth, who allegedly grabbed the property of a widow, should grab properties of everyone.
BJP councillor gets emotional
BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi got emotional over the rampant corruption in the civic body. He said MC officials are making fun of councillors and openly charging `5000-`20,000 for issuing no-objection certificates. He urged the mayor that she being the institutional head should streamline the process as the common man is being harassed.