Mohali MLA Balbir Singh Sidhu and Anandpur Sahib MP Ravneet Singh Bittu,along with various other social welfare associations,on Tuesday led a protest near the Dussehra Ground,Phase 8 to oppose the imposition of property tax in Mohali. According to Sidhu,a resident owning 10 marla land will have to shell out Rs 60,000 in taxes per annum while 1 kanal of land will invite a tax of more than Rs 1 lakh if the new tax is imposed. The cost of living in Mohali is Rs 4,000 per family higher than that in Chandigarh or Panchkula,he said.
Slamming the SAD-BJP government for anti-people policies,Bittu said recently,an unprecedented financial emergency was going to be declared in the state due to which the ruling party,which would have been dissolved in such a scenario,decided to burden the people. While the Badal family is filling its coffers by grabbing shamlat land,the people of the state are paying for their failures. But well not let their dictatorship overpower democracy. Just like people burned Ravana on Dussehra,theyll burn the Ravana of the Akali party during the elections, Bittu said.
Further attacking the state government,Bittu said while Punjabi farmers are suffering in Gujarat,Parkash Singh Badal is busy trying to make his son the next CM. Only six months ago the state government had introduced a wealth tax which the Congress had opposed and got removed,he said.
Meanwhile,MLA Sidhu said the residents of the town had been turned tenants in their own houses. The ruling party talks of a helipad on the bus-stand and turning the town into California,but have failed to provide even basic amenities,he said.
Mohali has already generated more than Rs 4,000 crore revenue through GMADA,which the government has spent in districts like Faridkot,Bathinda and Mansa,while Mohali is left with nothing but imposition of cruel taxes, Sidhu said.
The symbolic protest,which moved from Dussehra Ground to the Phase 7-8 junction,briefly led to commuter woes as all four roads leading to the junction were cordoned off for about 45 minutes.