Chandigarh – The SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday thanked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the BJP president Amit Shah and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the decision to grant exemption on GST on purchases for langar in gurdwaras and other religious shrines in the country. The decision will also benefit Durgiana Temple and other temples and shrines of every religion. “This fully reflects the Gurus ideal of Sarbat da Bhala,” they said in a statement.“We have no words to thank the bold, decisive and magnanimous Prime Minister for this unprecedented, historic and never-before decision since independence. It is the government’s token offering to the spirit of this unique tradition started by the great Gurus,” they said. Sukhbir Singh Badal, accompanied by Harsimrat Kaur Badal and the SGPC and the DSGMC presidents, Jathedar Gobind Singh Longowal and Jathedar Manjit Singh GK respectively, Bikram Singh Majithia, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, Member Parliament, Naresh Gujral and members of the SGCP and the DSGMC on Friday paid obeisance and thanksgiving ardas at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib in New Delhi to express their gratitude to the Guru Sahibaan and the almighty for this historic achievement for the community.The two leaders regretted that Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal ‘miserably failed’ to raise this just and legitimate demand at the GST Council which is the final deciding authority and of which he is a member. “He never even performed his basic duty to put this issue as an item on the GST Council. In fact, he threw his arms up, saying that he simply could not do anything about the issue,” said the Akali leaders.
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