Drive to continue till August 7 in all the 72 wards

The CPI(M) will intensify its agitation till the property tax increase is withdrawn. Party's State secretary B.V. Raghavulu will launch the campaign at Durga Bazar junction in Arilova in the city on Sunday morning.

The campaign to be taken up in a jeep would continue till August 7 in all the 72 wards followed by a hunger strike on August 8 at GVMC main office, party State executive member Ch. Narasinga Rao said during the release of a booklet ‘Intipannu potu' at the party's city office on Saturday.

In all, 60,000 booklets would be distributed among the public to expose the Congress, he stated.

The CPI(M) leader said that the Congress should desist from cheating the people, immediately convene corporation council meeting, and take a decision to reduce property tax.

So far, 60 per cent of the people could not pay property tax. Even the High Court's order that tax be reduced in the case of those whose property tax was increased over 75 per cent was not implemented, he pointed out.

“We also decry the move to confiscate houses and disconnect water supply to them if the tax is not paid. Such arbitrary actions will attract retaliation,” he said.

Also, it was ridiculous that the Mayor and the Commissioner did not bother to initiate action against those who had not been paying taxes for years but were browbeating the ordinary people, he stated. Party district secretary B. Ganga Rao was present.

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