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UP govt refuses permission to bring stones for Ram Mandir

Ayodhya: UP government’s department of commercial tax has refused permission to VHP to import stones from Rajasthan and Gujarat for building the proposed Ram mandir in Ayodhya. Last year the state government had allowed in November 2015 the import of such stones and storing these in the temple construction workshop for which the Akhilesh government was strongly criticised by almost all other parties except BJP. Local income tax employees also had refused to give Form NO. 39 to VHP for import of stones because these stones were to be used in commercial building activity, come under VAT (Value added tax). So far VHP had been using this form (Form 39) for bringing or importing stones for Ram mandir, but this year the concerned department, referring to ‘orders from above’ has refused to supply this form. Additional Commissioner of this Department Akhilesh Shukla said that Supreme Court has ordered to maintain ‘status quo’ at the disputed place and if we allow stones to be brought for building the temple, it will be violation of Supreme Court’s order. On asking if so, why permission was given last year to bring these stones, as stated above, Shukla said that some new officer had allowed this in November last year, hence action has been taken against him. He said that a large quantity of stones brought earlier are lying unused and asked why VHP wants more stones to be brought when so many stones brought earlier are lying unused? VHP obviously criticised UP government for not allowing these stones to be brought from outside the state and is accusing UP government of being a roadblock in bringing these stones to Ayodhya for building the proposed Ram mandir.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 July 2016 on page no. 15

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