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Both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress are upping their ante over the issue of increasing property tax in the city by 24 per cent. While the matter was tabled
for discussion on Friday,the BJP clearly stated that there would be no increase in tax.
Under no circumstance are we going to increase property tax. The schedule of taxes has already been decided and we are not in favour of increasing any tax, said the civic bodys (MCD) Standing Committee chairman,Vijender Gupta.
BJP leaders allege the Congress is trying to malign the BJPs image among voters before the elections. The issue was brought up for discussion because the state government had pressured the municipal commissioner to table the issue,they added.
The Congress is planning to meet the Election Commissioner and the Lieutenant-Governor over the matter. It is a blatant violation of the Election Code of Conduct. Section 116 J of the DMC Act clearly indicates that taxes will increase. But with the general elections drawing close,the BJP wants to suppress the issue for the time being. We will report the matter to the Election Commissioner, said leader of Opposition J K Sharma.