Staff Reporter

It's all an election stunt, alleges BJP leader

NEW DELHI: The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has accused the Congress of making false promises to people with an eye on the forthcoming municipal elections. The Government is "promising" to regularise 1,400 unauthorised colonies, notify the Master Plan for Delhi-2021 and give property tax concessions to villagers, which is nothing but a farce, alleged senior BJP Councillors.

Terming these promises as an "election stunt", Leader of the Opposition Subhash Arya said if the Government was really serious about notifying the new Master Plan to save the citizens from sealing and demolition drives, it should do so before December-end. "The notification for municipal elections is likely to be announced in January next year, and once this is done the Government will not be able to provide any relief to traders and people," he said.

Mr. Arya also said that giving tax exemptions to properties in villages was just to woo voters who were angry with the Congress for its failure on the development front and also because of sealing and demolition drives. "During the BJP regime in 2001 we had exempted self-occupied properties in villages from house tax. But in 2004 the Congress Government imposed property tax on villages and is now trying to deceive people by announcing exemption from paying property tax despite knowing that it has no power to withdraw this tax," he added.

Fooling the people

Similarly, senior BJP Councillor and Standing Committee member Vijender Gupta alleged that the Congress was fooling the people by promising that the new Master Plan would be notified by January-end next year.

"There are several issues that are still to be sorted out regarding parking, sanitation, health and education regarding the new Master Plan. The Government and the Congress know that it will not be possible to implement the new Master Plan by January-end, and by then municipal election dates will be announced. This will give the Government more time to finalise the Master Plan, leaving people in the lurch," he added.

"The Congress has been in power in Delhi, both at State and municipal level, for more than five years now, but still it has failed to regularise unauthorised colonies. It also did nothing to notify new roads for commercial use for the past so many years. It has now notified new roads, but that too has failed to get clearance from the Supreme Court. The fate of traders and people still hangs in the balance," Mr. Gupta charged.