Vaishno Devi Tourists Service Tax insult to entire Hindu fraternity

Vaishno Devi Bhavan

Vaishno Devi Bhavan 

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party in a statement condemned the Service Tax of Hindu pilgrims travelling by helicopter for darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi and described it as much worst than ‘Jajia’ imposed by the Mughals on the Hindus during their rule. NPP Supremo said that India is a secular country and the minorities are treated with utmost respect and dignity. Even Constitution of India has guaranteed them fundamental rights to practice any religion. There could be no discrimination on the basis of religion. He said that this is a great tragedy that RSS became ruling partners in J&K for the first and last time. This ‘Jajia’ (Service Tax) could not have been imposed on the Hindu pilgrims without consent of the BJP (RSS) ministers in J&K.

NPP Supremo said that all the tourists including pilgrims have to pay all kind of taxes like Sale Tax, Purchase Tax and even Service Tax while purchasing tickets by Airlines or helicopters. Imposing Service Tax on the Vaishno Devi pilgrims travelling by helicopters within J&K is highly deplorable and cannot be accepted in a secular state. He asked Prime Minister Modi to explain it the country men why his government has insulted the Hindu pilgrims when the Hindus all over India voted for Modi for his ‘Hindutva’. Modi was given highly emotional reception by the Hindu citizens in USA, Kerala and all other countries wherever he went.

NPP Supremo asked Prime Minister Modi, Is it your response to your Hindu voters?  Is it not insult to the entire Hindu fraternity in India and abroad? Can Mr. Modi justify this ‘Jajiya’ on Vaishno Devi pilgrims? Prof.Bhim Singh further added that India’s secularism is demonstrated by the fact that our Muslim fraternity travelling by air from J&K to Mecca are given subsidy on the expenses of their travels including air tickets, which is a great gesture of secular India but he asked Prime Minister how could you justify this obnoxious tax (Jajiya) on Hindu travellers to Mata Vaishno Devi in J&K.

He called on the Panthers Party activists and the leaders to take up this movement to its logical end.                              

District Election Officer (Dy. Commissioner), Jammu retaliates on NPP statement impounds vehicle of Nagrota candidate

Within 24 hours of Prof.Bhim Singh’s letter to Chief Election Commissioner of India/Press report this morning Dy. Commissioner Jammu struck back on NPP candidate by impounding a vehicle of Mr. Vilakshan Singh, Advocate, a candidate from Nagrota Assembly constituency this morning which has no flag on it even. While Mr. Vilakshan Singh was travelling from Udhampur side to Jammu the police attacked Panthers Party candidate threw Mr. Vilakshan Singh and some of his female relatives out of the vehicle on the roadside.

‘Kaushar Nag’ incident, failure of State Govt. Governor Rule can only save Kashmir from further destruction

Prof.Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers has expressed shock on the grave incident of ‘Kaushar Nag Yatra’ stopped by the State government under the excuse of maintaining law and order in the Valley. The NPP Supremo praised the residents of Kashmir for their high spirit of tolerance and secular ethos as the Kashmiries have been practicing the tolerance of composite culture for centuries. He said that there are three main Hindu religious activities in Kashmir which include the world-known Amarnath Yatra, festival of Kheer Bhawani and the well-known Kaushar Nag yatra. He attributed prays to Kashmiri Muslim brethren for their effective and active cooperation to make these three non-Muslim events big and memorable events each year.

Prof.Bhim Singh said that Kashmiri Muslims respected the religious sentiments of the non-Muslims, both the Hindus and the Sikhs.

He regretted that some sacrilegious incidents were reported from Udhampur parliamentary constituency around Eid and now Kaushar Nag yatra was interrupted by the State government which clearly shows that the State government is playing in the hands of those who would like to create a divide among the people in the Valley and in Jammu Pradesh with an intention to add to the vote-banks of a particular group of partitions both in the Valley and in Jammu Pradesh.

Prof.Bhim Singh appealed to the people of Kashmir to demonstrate their courage to defy the government and escort Kaushar Nag yatra to the lake with dignity and Kashmiri pride.

He also urged Governor, Shri N.N. Vohra that this is the high time to dismiss the conflict-torn government, impose Governor Rule and go for free and fair elections by involving the Kashmiri youth and the people in the process.