Corporators refuse tax hike
Express News Service
Pune, February 11: LEAVING Municipal Commissioner Nitin Kareer in a lurch, Congress leaders on Saturday decided to back the Standing Committee decision of implementing the tax structure of 2004-05. This, despite Kareer’s warning that if the tax structure was not reconsidered, the civic body would lose the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
Ramesh Bagve, leader of the opposition, said Mayor Rajani Tribhuvan and Kareer planned to explain the pros and cons of the decision but nobody supported the tax hike. He added that since Congress corporators had recommended the use of the 2004-05 tax structure, supporting the tax hike would have meant a volte-face for the party.
BJP has threatened to hold an ‘ishara andolan’ on Monday, on the day of the general body meeting, requesting no hike in taxes. BJP leader Vikas Mathkari said that increased taxes would lead to demonstrations. Even Shiv Sena leader Mahadev Babbar and Shyam Deshpande threatened to oppose increase in taxes.