Ramadoss reminds Stalin of DMK’s land tax policy

CHENNAI: PMK supremo Ramadoss has called on the DMK government to reverse its property tax hike imposed this year.

The veteran leader took to his social media handle as he listed the reasons for demanding the rollback. He expressed his views following the legislation passed in the State Assembly to increase property tax in Tamil Nadu every year.

Ramadoss said this policy does not only affect landlords, but tenants as well. “While the people of Chennai are already struggling to pay the current rate which is a jump of 200%, it is not right to tax them more,” he added.

The PMK leader said that Stalin protested the property tax increase in 2017-2018 and how can he justify the current revision while the previous problems persist. Reminding the Chief Minister of his party’s poll promise, Ramadoss said: “DMK’s 487th poll promise was not to raise property tax until people recover from the economic hardship induced by the pandemic… How does the government that denies people’s rights citing insufficient revenue now raise the tax?”

A bill was tabled in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday by the Minister of Municipal Administration, KN Nehru, asking municipal councils to increase property tax every year.

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Penny D. Jackson