Jalandhar: In election mode, Aam Admi Party (AAP) National Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday wooed Aggarwal community with the promise of bringing an end to ‘Raid Raj’ after coming to power in Punjab.
Kejriwal said that AAP will ensure trader friendly ambience and put a full stop on the system of ‘Raid Raj’ in Punjab on lines of Delhi government led by him.
Addressing a jam packed gathering during Maharaja Agrasen Jayanti programme, Kejriwal said that ‘Raid-Raj’ was a way of harassing traders, industrialists and businessmen. “Revenue can not be generated by terrorising traders through raids. The more the raids, the more tax thefts will take place. Under ‘Raid Raj’, it is only Inspectors and officers, who mint money while state government coffers end up in losses”, he said, adding that the traders then don’t pay tax and indulge in tax fraud.
AAP National Convener highlighted that how after coming to power in Delhi, his government brought an end to Raid Raj. “Earlier there used to be as many as 150 raids on traders in Delhi every month. I gave clear instructions that raids will be conducted only if there were enough evidence against them”, he added.
Amidst a thumping response from Aggarwal community, Kejriwal patted his back by sharing that the ‘Inspector Raj’ was banned by him without any formal demand made by traders community in Delhi. “We have introduced a system that policies for traders would be implemented only after consulting them”, he maintained.
Kejriwal said that he was informed by the business community that the Income Tax Department was conducting raids in pan India to meet their target of recovering black money. “Instead of conducting such raids, IT sleuths should conduct raids on Vijay Malya, who fled from the country. I am sure their target of recovering at least Rs 7,000 crore will be fulfilled”, he added.“Giant corporate houses are being let free to loot, while common traders are being targeted. Instead of targeting 70 lakh small traders, the government should just conduct raid on Vijay Malya and recover black money”, Kejriwal said.
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