The Hush Post: Following the waiving off of the state’s share on GST on Langar by the Punjab Government, the Congress had said that the onus was on the BJP ledCentral Government and the Shiromani Akali Dal, who is an ally of the BJP.
In the wake of this, SAD Chief Sukhbir Singh Badal met with BJP President Amit Shah and urged him to use his influence to have the Centre’s share of GST on langar waived off as well. An entire delegation, comprising the SAD Chief, Manjit Singh GK (President, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee), senior Akali leaders and Members of Parliament Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Ranjit Singh Brahampura, Prem Singh Chandumajra and Naresh Gujral met Amit Shah.
“We strongly urged the BJP chief to intervene to secure a positive response from the Government of India to the GST exemption demand as this is not just a sensitive and sacred religious issue affecting the sentiments of the Sikhs all over the world but it also reflects the sentiments of all other communities who regard the Golden Temple as a “shrine for the whole humanity,” said Mr. Badal while discussing about the heavy financial burden imposed on the Golden Temple, as GST worth 2 crore rupees from collected by the government.
Badal also said that the government must not see something as sacred as Langar like any other taxable service. “This is rare and divine form of service of mankind and deserves a special approach,” he said.
Sharing further details of the meeting, Harcharan Singh Bains, SAD spokesperson said that Mr. Badal also discussed about issues being faced by members of the Sikh community residing in other parts of the world. Describing the meeting as “very positive”, Mr. Bains said that Mr. Shah assured to “do everything possible to secure justice and fair play for the brave and patriotic Sikh community on every issue.”