New Delhi, March 06 2021|| News Desk

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Ch. Anil Kumar warned that Delhi Congress will vehemently oppose any move to turn the National Capital into a “Liquor Capital”, by playing into the hands of the liquor mafia. He said that even when Delhiites were in the terrible grip of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the  Capital earning the dubious distinction of having the maximum number of Covid cases not only in India, but also in the world, the Arvind Government opened liquor shops and added Covid-cess on liquor sales to boost the Government’s revenue.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ch. Anil Kumar said that if the past six budgets of the Aam Aadmi Party Government were any indication, the seventh Delhi Budget, to be presented on Tuesday, 8th March, 2021 is unlikely to be any different, other than giving the budget a fake “Deshbhakti” (Patriotic) tag.

He said that in the name of “Deshbhakti”, the Arvind Government is set to squeeze the last rupee out of the pockets of Delhiites. He said that it is a known fact that the Arvind Government’s budgets revolve around tax collections, and the money thus collected is squandered on feathering the Aam Aadmi Party’s nest, for expanding its political footfall in other States, and the publicity on Chief Minister Arvind, without doing any development works in the Capital.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that for the past seven years, Delhiites have been haunted by problems like ever-rising air pollution, the messy and disturbed condition of health, education, transport and employment sectors, with the Arvind Government taking no steps to address these issues. He said that like the Modi Government at the Centre, the Delhi budgets, exotically named as “Swaraj”, “Zero Tax”, “Outcome”, “Green” and “Pulwama Soldiers” in the past, were mere wordplay and juggling with figures, without offering any relief to the common people, as these budgets were blatantly anti-poor.

Ch. Anil Kumar warned that Delhi Congress will vehemently oppose any move to turn the National Capital into a “Liquor Capital”, by playing into the hands of the liquor mafia. He said that even when Delhiites were in the terrible grip of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the  Capital earning the dubious distinction of having the maximum number of Covid cases not only in India, but also in the world, the Arvind Government opened liquor shops and added Covid-cess on liquor sales to boost the Government’s revenue.

He said that the Arvind Government, having tasted blood in liquor sales during the pandemic lockdown, is going to liberalize the liquor policy, as suggested by an Expert Group, which was setup by the Government for finalizing the Excise Policy for the Financial Year 2021-22, without putting them on the public domain, for seeking suggestions and changes. He said that Delhi Congress will not keep mum if any decision is taken to increase State receipts from liquor sales, as a target has been set to collect an additional revenue of Rs 2600 crore, out of the total liquor sales receipt of Rs 7651 crore.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that the Arvind Government makes bombastic announcements and promises to increase the budget estimates—this time it is likely to be pegged at Rs 65,000 crore—but in reality, no work gets done, and the promises and projects stagnate on paper. He said that the Arvind Government has proved time and again that it was incapable of providing good governance and proper physical management, which was thoroughly exposed during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis. He said that Delhiites are yet to recover from the blows suffered during the pandemic, and there is no sign of the economy of the Capital recovering any time soon.

Ch. Anil Kumar said that it was indeed ironic that instead of addressing present life-threatening problems of the Capital like air and water pollution, the messy condition of public transport, unemployment, loss of jobs and livelihood, which contributed to Delhi slipping very badly in “ease of life” ranking survey, conduct by the Central Government, the budget may also include Arvind’s “vision for Delhi 25 years from now, in 2047!”, which is a big joke.

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