The activists of Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) today held protest demonstration at Exhibition Ground Jammu against 'continuing toll tax on the trucks carrying goods into the State at Lakhanpur Toll Plaza' despite implementation of GST in the state.
The protest was led by JKNPP Chairman Harsh Dev Singh.
The agitated protestors also raised anti-government slogans torched the effigy of the BJP-PDP combine and sought immediate abolition of the said tax in J&K like other states of the country in the interest of the traders and the consumers.
Asserting that the continuation of Lakhanpur Toll Plaza in J&K had isolated the State from rest of India in the new tax regime, Harsh Dev Singh regretted that the BJP-PDP coalition had despicably succumbed to the dictates of the secessionist forces in the valley by appeasing those who had waged an open war with India that it had not sailed in the Indian mainstream on GST but resorted to modify the new tax regime for its implementation in the State.
Asserting that the extra levy made goods costlier, he sought immediate closure of the Lakhanpur Toll Plaza in the interest of the trading community and the common masses. He said that any additional levies and cesses in J&K in addition to GST making essential commodities costlier shall be vigorously agitated by the Panthers party.
Taking a dig on the BJP-PDP combine, Harsh Dev Singh said that the retention of Lakhanpur Toll Plaza amounted to imposition of additional "Jazia" on the goods entering the State of J&K. He said that its retention when all such entry points across the country had been abolished under the new tax regime had only exposed the double standards of the Saffron party which had surrendered its kernel philosophy only to keep its alliance intact. GKNN