Rejecting the justification advanced by the PDP-BJP government on imposition of service tax on helicopter services in the State, NC Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Wednesday accused the PDP of 'facilitating' take-over of the Mata Vaishnov Devi Shrine by BJP-RSS combine.
"Despite its economic insignificance, the tax imposition is a deliberate attempt to whip up passions as prelude to taking over the control of Shri Mata Vaisho Devi Shrine Board by the BJP-RSS lobby", Rana said while addressing party office bearers and workers at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here.
He said: "The coalition partners are in league and also having tacit understanding to destabilise the State, as they have developed vested interest in vitiating peace for their political sustenance and survival of the government. The logic that the service tax has been imposed on all sort of helicopter services is ridiculous, as even naive people know that such a facility is operating round the year 24X7 on this shrine circuit only", he said.
Rana advised the PDP-BJP coalition to rescind the order with regard to service tax, "as it is bound to boomerang and create avoidable controversy, not only in the state but elsewhere in the country".
He said in the interest of peace, the government should desist from reactionary measures. "It is true that the PDP and the BJP believe in obstructionism and division of the society, as was amply reflected during the 2008 agitation but the State cannot afford such a situation now", he said.
Meanwhile, National Conference on Wednesday staged a dharna outside the historic Raghunath Mandir in heart of the heritage market in protest against PDP-BJP Government's decision to impose service tax on helicopter service to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine and sought its immediate roll back.
Led by National Conference District President Urban Dharamvir Singh Jamwal, the protesters took out a rally from Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan, raising slogans against the "anti-people policies of the coalition government" and staged a sit-in.