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AIADMK ,BJP walks out of TN assembly over hike in property tax

- April 6, 2022

Chennai, April 6 (BPNS)

The opposition AIADMK and its allies including the BJP walked out of the  Tamil Nadu assembly on Wednesday demanding the withdrawal of property tax. Party joint coordinator and former  Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami (EPS) led the AIADMK legislators in walking out of the assembly.

While walking out of the house, EPS said,” In the last two years, people have suffered a lot due to the pandemic and have lost their livelihood.  Even in such a situation, the government has increased the property tax which has come as a bolt from the blue for ordinary people.”

He also said that the ruling party has reneged its 487th poll promise that it would not increase the property tax until the people overcame the impact of Covid -19.

The leaders of DMK allies like Congress and VCK however in their speech said that the property tax hike was inevitable but said that the government could be brought down to bring solace to the people who were suffering from the hike in fuel prices.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin while speaking in the house appealed to the opposition parties not to play politics over the hike in rates of property taxes and ruled out the possibility of any withdrawal from the hike announced. He said that the government will not roll back on the announcement it had done regarding the hike in property taxes in the state.

He called upon the political parties to set aside their differences with the government and to work for the development of Tamil Nadu.

Stalin was responding to the calling attention motion in the Tamil Nadu assembly on Wednesday. He said that his government has not increased the property tax willingly and added that he was admitting to it wholeheartedly.

He said, “There is a compulsion to the government to tackle the situation when the civic bodies are in dire straits for funds”. Chief Minister said that the newly elected members of the civic bodies were expecting funds from the government to perform their duties and implement development schemes.

He also said that there were several development schemes that were getting affected due to the fund crunch and hence government has increased property tax without affecting the poor and the middle class.