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People may soon STOP paying taxes, warns Kejriwal

Last updated on: March 30, 2012 12:28 IST

'People may soon STOP paying taxes'

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In order to offer a solution to people distressed due to continuous apathy from the administration, Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal has warned that citizens might soon refrain from paying their taxes.

"The height of corruption has reached such a level that people will now have to think why are they paying taxes. The time is not far when people will decide on whether to pay taxes or not," said Kejriwal.

"The beautiful road that you see outside my house was constructed only after we had stopped paying the house tax," he added.

He further slammed the Congress party for linking activist Anna Hazare and his associates with different political and right-wing outfits, every time they raised an issue.

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"The agenda is corruption which has completely distressed people. People are also distressed because of high inflationary prices. When they don't find the solution for graft, they make false charges against us, claiming we have links with the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh," said Kejriwal.

Striking a defiant note, Kejriwal also replied to the privilege notices served on him for "insulting" Parliament, saying how could he respect an institution which had MPs with "criminal background".

The Team Anna member alleged that all the parties are responsible for bringing Parliament to disrepute as 162 Members of Parliament with criminal backgrounds have managed to get into it.

"There was a Parliament in which Lal Bahadur Shastri resigned (from the post of railway minister) following a train accident. I would like to sacrifice anything for such a Parliament but how will I respect this Parliament," Kejriwal said in the letter.

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'They enter Parliament to further their business interest'

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He also alleged that industrialists, who were not known for any public service, have managed to get into Parliament with the help of various parties.

"They enter Parliament to further their business interest. If this is not misuse of Parliament, if this is not an insult to Parliament, then what is," he asked.

Besides Congress MP Sajjan Singh Verma, Rashtriya Janata Dal MPs Rajniti Prasad and Ram Kripal Yadav had served a privilege notice against Kejriwal for calling MPs "rapists, murderers and looters" during a rally in February.

The Lok Sabha Secretariat has sought a reply from Kejriwal following the receipt of the notices.

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Image: A rally in support of Anna Hazare
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"Received privilege notices from Rajniti Prasad and Ram Kripal Yadav also...Rajniti Prasad is the same MP who tore the Lokpal Bil in Parliament. Did he insult Parliament or did I insult Parliament," Kejriwal had tweeted after he got the notices.

"In this Parliament, 163 members have cases of heinous offences against them. In this Parliament, rapists are sitting, murderers and looters are sitting. How can you expect Jan Lokpal Bill to be passed by Parliament? How can you expect to get reprieve from poverty and corruption," Kejriwal had said on February 25.

Talking to reporters, Kejriwal also said that Team Anna will soon write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, providing evidence against 14 Union Cabinet ministers whom he had named as "corrupt".

Hazare had set a deadline of August to register FIRs against these ministers and warned the government that he and his aides will launch a jail bharo agitation otherwise.

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