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Govt. should immediately withdraw unprecedented fee hike on stamp duty: Harpal Cheema Chandigarh, April 1

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1. Demolition of Gurdwara ‘deori’ at Tarn Taran: SGPC chief should quit: AAP

Chandigarh, April 1

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has expressed its deep shock and dismay over the alleged demolition of 200-year-old ‘deodi’ (Porch) of the historic Gurudwara Sri Darbar Sahib at Tarn Taran.

In a joint statement issued from party headquarters in Chandigarh here on Monday, Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Punjab Vidhan Harpal Singh Cheema, Prof Baljinder Kaur, Kultar Singh Sandhwan, Jai Kishan Rori, Amarjit Singh Sandoa, and Kulwant Singh Pandori (All MLAs) have severely condemned the act of demolition of the ancient ‘deodi’.

The AAP leaders said that the ‘deodi’, raised in 1839 by Naunihal Singh, grandson of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, was demolished under the nose of the apex body, which was regrettable, they said. They further said the apex body had denigrated the authority and honour of the religious places playing puppet in the hands of Badals.

The AAP leaders said that the SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal had been playing a second fiddle to Badals, adding that he should immediately tender his resignation from the post on the issue of protection of religious landmarks and other institutions.

AAP leaders said that SGPC should not hold others responsible for this act, saying how a manager level officer could take an unilateral decision on this issue of huge religious significance without consulting its chief or any other member of the managing body.

They said AAP was a secular party which holds all religions and religious institutions in high esteem but added that it was deadly against the mixing of politics with religion.

The AAP leaders said that the Badals had been misusing SGPC, known as the mini parliament of Sikh Panth, for their personal ends and earning some political brownie points. The leaders demanded filing of a legal suit against the SGPC chief Gobind Singh Longowal, the ‘kar sevaks’ and member of the managing committee for dereliction of duty.

The leaders also demanded a high level probe into the dubious roll of the SGPC chief, the Kar Sevaks, the Badals and others involved under the watch of Punjab and Haryana High Court. They also sought restoration of the ancient ‘deodi’ to its pristine glory.

2. Govt. should immediately withdraw unprecedented fee hike on stamp duty: Harpal Cheema

Chandigarh, April 1

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has taken a serious note of the unprecedented hike in registration fee (Stamp duty) which has added an additional financial burden on the people, who were overburdened with a host of other tax liabilities.

In a statement issued from party headquarters in Chandigarh here on Monday, Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Punjab Vidhan Harpal Singh Cheema Cheema, has demanded that the state government should review the decision and order immediately roll back the hiked registration fee on adoption, power of attorney and to procuring old legal documentation/papers etc.

Slamming the Captain Amarinder Singh government, Cheema said that the government had already taken a decision to hike the stamp duty in the month of February, which was to be implemented from the month of April.

However, the decision was withheld on March 14 through a notification. The proposed hike in the registration charges was unprecedented, which, he said, was not only an additional burden on the people but was also a clear case of violation of the Model Code of Conduct which was already in force.

Elaborating further on the issue AAP leader said that for all legal documentation, like transfer of landed property, for power of attorney, withdrawal of will or even on adoption one would be required to pay Rs 4000. He said, to add sail to injuries, to obtain old documentation would cost the bearer would have to pay between Rs 25 and Rs 40 more per page while one would have to pay Rs 200 and Rs 400 more on postal and lease fee.

Cheema said that the government should immediately review decision and roll back on the hiked charges on stamp duty people would have to through nose, stating they were already overstressed with a host of other tax liabilities.


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