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.