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Delhi civic polls: Arvind Kejriwal promises to abolish residential house tax

LiveMint logoLiveMint 25-03-2017 PTI

New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will abolish the residential house tax and waive off arrears if voted to power in the capital’s civic bodies, as he sought to aggressively woo voters ahead of the 23 April polls.

Kejriwal contended that the house tax has become a “major” source of corruption and promised that his party, which is making its civic polls debut, will end it.

He vowed to transform the three civic corporations in the national capital into “profit-making” bodies.

Two of the bodies — the New Delhi Municipal Council and East Delhi Municipal Corporation — are currently grappling with financial losses.

Taking a dig at the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the chief minister said its councillors could be seen travelling on scooters before the previous MCD elections, but are now zooming around in expensive cars. He also promised that the AAP will ensure that municipal staffers get their salaries on time.

“We will abolish the residential house tax and waive off tax arrears if AAP comes to power...the party is preparing its detailed manifesto which will be released soon,” he told reporters in New Delhi.

The residential house tax is an important source of revenue for civic bodies.

Kejriwal added that the commercial house tax will continue to be in place. To a question on allegations by political rivals that the AAP always announces freebies ahead of the polls, Kejriwal said the Delhi government is saving money on its projects which is then spent on public welfare.

The three municipal corporations — SDMC, NDMC and EDMC — go to polls on 23 April, while votes will be counted on 26 April.

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