NEW DELHI: The AAP and the Congress slammed the Delhi government's decision to increase property circle rates by 20% and demanded its rollback on Tuesday.
While AAP questioned the timing of the decision, the Congress said that BJP-controlled Delhi government was "scheming" against poor and middle-class people.
Headed by LG Jung, the Delhi government had announced revision in circle rates citing prevailing high market rates at which property transactions are done.
"The LG and revenue department need to tell people the reason behind such a steep hike in circle rates at this time, when the DDA has announced its housing scheme of 25,000 flats," AAP's statement said. "Won't this decision burden new flat buyers? On what basis have the market rates been fixed ? Isn't the Delhi administration giving rise to speculative property prices, which will only end up burdening the common man ?" it added.
Besides criticising the BJP, the Congress said that it was AAP which initiated hiking of circle rates which has been been implemented. "This decision would not boost the revenue collection of the government, but this decision will prevent poor peoplefrom owning a house," Delhi Congress president Arvinder Singh Lovely said.