Property tax hike in Tamil Nadu: AIADMK and BJP quit Assembly

AIADMK Joint Coordinator and former Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) led the lawmakers out of the Assembly.

The opposition AIADMK and its allies including the BJP left the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Wednesday April 6, demanding the withdrawal of the property tax hike. AIADMK Joint Coordinator and former Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) led AIADMK lawmakers to quit the Assembly.

Leaving the house, EPS said, “Over the past two years, people have suffered a lot due to the pandemic and lost their livelihoods. Even in such a situation, the government raised the property tax, which came as an unexpected shock to ordinary people. He said the ruling party had reneged on its poll promise that it would not raise property taxes until the people got over the impact of COVID-19. The decision to raise property tax rates was taken on Saturday April 2, resulting in a general review.

Leaders of DMK allied parties like Congress and VCK, however, said in their speeches that the property tax hike was inevitable. But, they added, the government could reduce it to help those who were already suffering from rising fuel prices. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, MP Stalin, speaking in the House, called on opposition parties not to play politics about rising property tax rates and ruled out the possibility of any withdrawal of the announced increase.

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

CM Stalin responded Wednesday to the motion of appeal to the attention of the Assembly of Tamil Nadu. He said his government did not increase the property tax on its own. He said: “The government is compelled to address the situation as civic bodies are in dire need of funds.”

He added that there were several development programs that were being affected due to the fund crisis and therefore the government increased the property tax “without affecting the poor and the middle class”.

Penny D. Jackson