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JAMMU: Accusing the BJP of having miserably failed to control fuel price rise and inflation besides imposing weird taxes one after the other, scores of Panther activists led by Harsh Dev Singh Chairman-JKNPP and Yash Paul Kundal General Secretary-JKNPP staged a thundering protest at Exhibition Ground in Jammu today. Infuriated over the sharp rise in prices of fuel, LPG, imposition of Property Tax and erection of Toll Plazas in Jammu, the protestors raised slogans.Describing India’s Petrol and Diesel prices costliest in Southeast Asia, Harsh said that at the time when GST had been introduced to rationalise indirect taxes in the country, it was indeed unjustifiable to keep petro-products outside the ambit of new taxation regime. “With hefty excise duty on fuel already levied, the addition of new agri cess on it has broken all records of fuel hike taking petrol to Rs.100 per litre. And with the petrol and diesel becoming dearer, the price of domestic LPG cylinder had also soared to Rs. 820 per cylinder. The soaring prices of fuel and gas have added to the woes of the common masses”, Harsh rued.Asserting that soaring price of fuel has led to steep rise in transportation fares, Singh further pointed out that it had turned other essential commodities dearer.In view of J&K Govt. issuing orders to levy property tax on lands and buildings of late, Singh divulged that the government was going to levy another obnoxious tax on the people to ramp up organized loot and plunder of public money.“Govt’s decision to impose Property Tax on the public will bring the curtains down for the Saffron party once and for all. You have been extorting money from the people amid Corona pandemic like a blood sucking parasite. Imposition of Toll Tax followed by Property Tax would further aggravate the brewing anger of the people to catastrophic rage. You will be blown to smithereens and defenestrated from the core constituency by the people”, Harsh said while taking a dig at BJP.He wondered that how could the govt impose Property Tax in a fragile environment of J&K where the economy has plunged to abysmally low. It’s imposition in such a situation where people are bearing the brunt of huge taxation in the form of Toll Plazas and increased cess and duties on petrol and diesel world prove counterproductive. The move will surely impede the economic revival as it would put extra burden on the public at large, rued Harsh.Cautioning the govt of serious consequences arising from imposition of Property Tax, Harsh divulged that since all the major commercial activities in J&K like tourism, industries, real estate, agriculture, etc. had bore the brunt of insurgency, civil unrest and natural disasters in the past many years, the move to levy such tax would break the back of the people from all sects of society. “Moreover the COVID-19 outbreak has hit all lines of business severely. People are under enormous distress.Border dwellers are facing the wrath of skirmishes. Farmers have suffered huge loss of crops and cattle stock due to incessant rains and landslides. Unemployment has soared in almost every household. Where from people will pay the Property Tax? J&K needs stimulus packages and not the extortion of taxes”, said Harsh.Prominent among those who spoke on the occasion included Manju Singh, Anita Choudhary, Anju Mehra, Sanjana Devi, Shallu Devi, Rajesh Padgotra, Gagan Pratap Singh, Parshotam Parihar, Surinder Chouhan, Shankaar Singh Sanju, Rajesh Gondhi, Mohinder Singh, Ravinder Jamwal, Sham Gorkha, K.K Sharma, Praladh Singh, Vishab Singh, Khatab Hussain and Khajoor Singh.
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