New Delhi: A blame game erupted over MCD's new tax proposals with Congress on Thursday holding BJP responsible for "Tuglaq-type" plans while BJP accused Commissioner KS Mehra of acting at the behest of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Mehra came under fire from BJP leaders, including Delhi Mayor Rajni Abbi, for his proposals to increase tax in the MCD budget while Congress put the blame on BJP alleging that that the proposals would increase the burden on the common man.

"It is very much clear now from the budget proposals presented by the Commissioner that Delhiities will have to bear the brunt of heavy taxes just to make the local bodies run and make them self dependent.”

"The Commissioner is just working on the agenda of the Chief Minister and thus presented such proposals," Abbi said in a statement.

However, Delhi Congress chief JP Aggarwal accused BJP of imposing the burden on Delhiites and said the proposals were "totally unnecessary as such Tuglaq-type taxes had never been imposed in Delhi".

"It had never happened that one had to pay taxes at congested places. Congress will not allow these proposals to be passed. We will neither allow the Standing Committee nor the MCD House if these proposals are not removed," he said.

Their comments came against the backdrop of the proposals to increase property tax besides introducing congestion charges in crowded places mentioned in Mehra's budget speech.

However, wary of the negative impact these can have on its prospects in the municipal elections next year, BJP leaders said the proposals will not be implemented.

In a separate statement, Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta echoed Abbi and said he had directed Standing Committee Chairman Yogendra Chandolia to call a meeting of the panel on Friday and immediately reject the imposition of new taxes.

Gupta alleged that the proposal of new taxes by the Commissioner was the result of "connivance between Congress and the bureaucracy".

Gupta directed Chandolia that the entire list of the proposed taxes be rejected immediately because BJP is clearly of the view that the revenue from the present sources is sufficient to meet the expenditure and there is no need to impose new taxes on the people.

He alleged that Congress plans to recover the increased expenditure resulting from the trifurcation of MCD from people.

Gupta alleged that the proposal of new taxes by the Commissioner was the result of "connivance between Congress and the bureaucracy".

Gupta directed Chandolia that the entire list of the proposed taxes be rejected immediately because BJP is clearly of the view that the revenue from the present sources is sufficient to meet the expenditure and there is no need to impose new taxes on the people.

He alleged that Congress plans to recover the increased expenditure resulting from the trifurcation of MCD from people.

(Agencies)