Pankaja Munde using Delhi-registered Range Rover in Maharashtra without paying taxes: AAP
Pankaja Munde Palwe, the Minister of Rural Development, Women and Child Welfare in Maharashtra is using a vehicle with red beacon that is neither registered in the state nor any tax was paid on this, alleges Aam Admi Party (AAP).
In a release issued on Tuesday, Preeti Sharma Menon of AAP has alleged that the minister uses a private vehicle, which is a Range Rover with license plate DL 12 CD 1212, with a red beacon. "This (the vehicle) is registered in Delhi under the name of Radico NV Distilleries, which is an Aurangabad-based company where the minister's husband, Charudatta Palwe is a Director", says the release.
"While Ms Munde Palwe can easily afford an expensive vehicle, what she cannot afford is to pay state taxes," said the AAP. With an AAP government in Delhi, it has had the access to do some more sleuthing as well. "We wrote to the Delhi Transport Ministry and discovered that there is no application filed for obtaining a no objection certificate (NOC) for transferring the vehicle to Maharashtra."
"If a common citizen were to continually use a vehicle registered in another state, without transferring the vehicle and without paying state taxes, there would be swift action against him or her. But our high profile Minister Ms Pankaja Munde is avoiding state taxes by openly plying a Delhi registered vehicle on a continuous basis in Maharashtra, without paying Maharashtra taxes, and with an illegal red beacon to top it all, the AAP alleges.
Making the usual political charges against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, AAP says, it has written a complaint to the Transport Commissioner Shyam Wardhane and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.