To Be Or Not To Be… The Dilemma Of Opposition Parties Over Attending GST Launch

Led by the Congress, the opposition parties one after the other are expressing their inability to attend the launch meet on June 30th midnight. The Congress expressed objections over PM launching it instead of the President.

New Delhi: As the stage has been set to implement Goods and Services Tax (GST) from July 1, the government planned a GST inaugural meet at Parliament Central Hall on June 30th midnight. While almost all parties are expected to participate in the meet, a Congress party spokesperson said that it would announce its decision on whether to participate or not. However, Trinamool Congress made it clear that it would not attend, while CPI (M) too expressed a doubt.

On Wednesday, the Congress party objected to the invitation, which says that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the biggest tax reform in India’s history. It argued that it is the President who must do the honours.  More: GST To Be Launched In Midnight On June 30 In Parliament: Jaitley

The invite, sent by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, for the function in Parliament’s Central Hall, says PM Modi will launch GST in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee.

How can the Prime Minister launch GST in the presence of the President? This is not done and it is unacceptable,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.

There were reports that the Congress will announce its decision on Wednesday regarding this issue. He said that a high-level meeting would be held on Thursday and a decision would be announced later.   More: Amitabh Bachchan To Promote GST

The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that former PMs Manmohan Singh and Deve Gouda were invited to participate in the historical programme. He also suggested to Congress party not to do politics over the new tax regime launch programme.

Meanwhile, the Congress party alleged that while the Congress proposed GST to liberalise the tax system, Modi government is trying to broaden the tax terrorism.

Trinamool Congress too will skip the government’s mega midnight launch on Friday.

CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury, who had earlier this week confirmed that his party would attend the government’s function to launch GST, asked on Wednesday, “why the hurry?”

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