Protesting against the imposition of property tax, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) general secretary and former minister Harmander Singh Jassi, on hunger strike since December 23, opposite the Bathinda MC office has claimed that the imposition of the tax was illegal.
"The 74th Constitutional Amendment in 1994 states that the municipal corporation is authorized to impose these taxes. The state and the centre cannot impose this tax and the levy has been imposed in violation of the law."
He claimed that some of the Central schemes that were cited as the reason for imposing the tax had outlived their validity.
"The taxes are being imposed without any reason as the schemes of Center government were valid only till 2012. Now, it is being imposed to fill empty coffers of the state government."
"The sewerage connections of the poor, who failed to pay the bill has been disconnected. Even the MC has reportedly not paid its sewerage bill. The Bathinda improvement trust has even failed to take sewerage connection on paper. Our agitation will continue."