Demos in Jammu against imposition of property tax in IIOJK

Jammu, March 02 (KMS): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, regional political parties National Conference, People’s Democratic Party and Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI-M) staged separate protest demonstrations in Jammu city against the imposition of property tax in the territory by the authorities and demanded immediate roll back of the decision.

National Conference leaders and activists led by Rattan Lal Gupta took to the streets outside the party’s headquarters at Residency Road and raised slogans against the IIOJK administration for imposing the tax. Addressing the protesters, Rattan Lal termed the implementation of the property tax as “arbitrary and undemocratic”.

NC leader, Babu Rampal, in his address to the protesters claimed that nearly 80 per cent of the population, residing in urban areas, will be directly affected by the tax. “Today the people of Jammu and Kashmir are feeling betrayed by the abrogation of Article 370 as the situation has turned from bad to worse post abrogation. Every section of society stands adversely affected by the anti-people policies of the BJP government,” he said.

PDP activists held a demonstration at Purani Mandi in the city against imposition of the property tax and slammed the BJP for its failure to provide security to the members of minority community in the Kashmir Valley where a Kashmiri Pandit, Sanjay Sharma, was recently shot dead in Pulwama district. The protesters said the imposition of property tax is to further weaken the people economically. They said the killing of Sanjay Sharma exposed the Indian government’s claims of normalcy in IIOJK.

CPI-M activists led by senior leader Om Prakash took to the streets outside the Maharaja Hari Singh Park in the city against imposition of the property tax. “The people are fed up with the implementation of black laws by the Lt Governor led administration to harass the public,” he said, adding the party will stage a protest outside Indian Parliament next month if the property tax notification was not revoked.

The Congress workers staged a protest in Jammu city against the imposition of property tax by the Modi regime in the territory.

The protest, led by the Congress IIOJK President, Vikar Rasool Wani, was stopped by the police personnel at Shaheedi Chowk of the city.

The administration recently notified the imposition of property tax in municipal areas from April 1. The tax rates will be five per cent of taxable annual value for residential properties and six per cent for commercial properties.

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