Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-05-12 20:58 Bengaluru: BBMP Mayor BN Manjunath Reddy on Thursday revoked the suspension of four councillors after protesting BJP councillors refused to attend the council meet. In the last council meeting, the mayor had suspended Umesh Shetty, Padmanabha Reddy, Mohan Babu, M Nagaraju for two-and-a- half months as they had jumped into the well of the council. “I have revoked the suspension of four corporators as the BBMP council needs to proceed without any hurdles,” said the mayor. But that didn’t cool the tempers in the council as Padmanabha Reddy and other BJP councillors demanded rollback of the hike in property tax for commercial and residential properties. “We want the state government and BBMP to lower the hike as it burdens citizens. BBMP can generate revenue through advertisers and builders' tax. BBMP has not taken any steps to collect builders’ tax worth Rs518 crore,” said BJP’s Padmanabha Reddy. The mayor in turn promised that he would direct officials to collect the pending builders’ tax. “We pay Rs1 crore to the BWSSB and Bescom for the services they provide to the citizens. We have not brought in the hike,” said the mayor, adding that the tax was notified during Yediyurappa government's time. “It is their gift to the city. Till date, 3,60,000 citizens have paid the tax which means that they welcome it and understand the need for it,” claimed the mayor.