National Conference provincial president Devender Singh Rana on Monday described imposition of service tax on the helicopter service from Katra to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine on Trikuta Hills as beginning of the bigger BJP-RSS plan to take over the control of the Shrine Board.
"We won't allow BJP-RSS to spread its tentacles to the management of the revered and most thronged holy shrine of Northern India," Rana said in a statement and cautioned the PDP-BJP government against any such misadventure.
He said overt and covert attempts are being made to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Act, 1986, to carve out a role for the Sangh Parivar in the shrine affairs.
Rana said the levying of service tax should not be viewed in isolation, as it is not going to add up much to the state coffers but this is being done with a definite road-map on the instructions from Nagpur and Jhandewalan. "The PDP is more than pleased to further the Sangh agenda in Jammu and Kashmir," he observed.
He gave the backdrop in which the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board had been constituted by a legislative act during the tenure of Farooq Abdullah as the chief minister and said the moot idea was to manage the affairs of the growing pilgrimage professionally and on modern lines.
"Even presently, the Board constitutes very prominent persons of the country, which seems to be an eyesore for the BJP," Rana said and expressed anguish over PDP becoming a party in the Sangh game plan of controlling the Board.