Bhubaneswar, Mar 15: Amid public resentment, against the steep hike in the holding tax by Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Chief Minister Naveeen Patnaik on Monday directed the civic body to hold the collection of hiked tax.
He directed the BMC to collect the holding tax at the prevailing rate.
The Chief Minister’s direction came following protests by all opposition parties and social outfits.
The members of Odisha Congress headed by state president Niranjan Patnaik today staged a dharna in front of the BMC office demanding immediate withdrawal of steep hike in the holding tax.
Similarly, hundreds of BJP workers had taken out a rally in the city on Friday protesting the steep hike in holding tax and demanded its revocation within a month.