Vajpayee govt, not Congress, made first GST move: Arun Jaitley

Arun Jaitley said the Vajpayee government in 2003 constituted a task force, which submitted a report, stating that central and state levies should be merged into a goods and services tax (GST).

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:July 7, 2017 2:00 am
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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that the first move towards a landmark GST was made by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, and not a Congress one. Speaking at a rally organised by the BJP’s Delhi unit, he said the Vajpayee government in 2003 constituted a task force, which submitted a report, stating that central and state levies should be merged into a goods and services tax (GST).

Jaitley said the incoming Congress government in 2004 saw merit in the argument and mooted the report. The then finance minister P Chidambaram in 2006 spoke of GST and set 2010 as a deadline to rollout the indirect tax regime, Jaitley said, adding that Chidambaram could not implement the plan.

Further, he said the UPA government could not get all the states onboard because they were unable to resolve how to compensate losses to manufacturing states arising because of GST being a destination-based tax. However, Jaitley said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was clear from day one that India has to be a unified economically and devised not just a compensation formula, which was put in the Constitution Amendment Bill, but also got all the 29 states and six union territories on board.

Taking a dig at the Congress, he said the GST was in the party’s manifestos but it went back and forth, unsure if implementing the tax regime would pay off. They felt that if GST clicks, they will say they were part of the process that led to the new regime, and if it fails, the government could be blamed, he said.

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    S.Suresh
    Jul 8, 2017 at 6:31 am
    Mr.Modi vehementally opposed GST when he was CM in Gujarat. If any way GST had been good when it would have been helpful to poor and middle class people. In our country many of persons are middle class. They could not move higher level or lower level. Now they suffered more. Most of common middle using item gets more GST than higher class using items.
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      romi
      Jul 7, 2017 at 9:40 pm
      congi is no longer needed for gst so lets now treat them as punching bag that's what politics is ??
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        manish
        Jul 7, 2017 at 3:05 pm
        And then it was congress which actually gave it a form of a BILL and presented it in parliament to pass and BJP opposed it tooth and nail led by jaitley, advani, sushma, shivraj singh chauhan, raman singh and most of all by narendra modi himself. So what are trying to claim jaitley. BJP in opposition opposed PF regulation act, insurance act, Aadhar, MGNREGA, GST, Crime and Criminal Tracking Networks and Systems (CCTNS), again by Modi and Shivraj most loudly. so you are just a party of hypocrites and biggest liers.
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          Sanjay
          Jul 7, 2017 at 11:43 pm
          Congress failed to implement despite the majority. Obviously they did not convince states that GST will help one bit in BJP ruled states. How was BJP able to convince better. Did BJP know the future and they would be elected?
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            Tushar Kanta
            Jul 8, 2017 at 12:50 pm
            There were 4 demands from the states, which P Chidambaram denied to entertain. The most important one was compensation in case revenue decreases in the initial years. Maharashtra andsome other states, which were ruled by Congress then, opposed it too. So, this claim of yours doesn't hold any ground.
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            indian
            Jul 7, 2017 at 10:36 am
            Since ABV was voted out in 2004, the BJP decided to oppose GST in the cong regime ?? The then-BJP CMs could have proposed changes to the UPA GST if he was interested in the economic welfare of the country. Hypocrisy thy name is BJP !
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              Tushar Kanta
              Jul 8, 2017 at 12:51 pm
              Maybe you should find out the reasons why they opposed it. The reasons they opposed it for, have been kept out of GST or resolved with the states.
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              yash sehgal
              Jul 7, 2017 at 9:11 am
              Started by Atal ji nemesis brought on people by Jetli ji..does Jetli still think people r hailing him? Hahaha..wait ..man wait..let 2019 election come..!!
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                chitta
                Jul 7, 2017 at 9:10 am
                Wrong. Rahul Ga ndhi first came with idea of Gst. He is smart and intelligent.
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                  romi
                  Jul 7, 2017 at 9:37 pm
                  p a k i get lost go lick Bhutto son ask him abt gst
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                  sochee
                  Jul 7, 2017 at 9:03 am
                  What is wrong if Jaitley has clarified a point which Congress has tried to obliterate deliberately after failing to take the credit for implementation of GST?It is a tragedy that Dr. Manmohan Singh was a right man in wrong party.All his good initiatives were sabotaged by political bandwagon of Congress who considered Dr. Singh as an outsider.
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                    Tushar Kanta
                    Jul 8, 2017 at 12:53 pm
                    The ego of Congress is paramount to them.
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                    PL
                    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:26 am
                    A very good clarification and it should be communicated loudly and clearly in India to everyone and not once but several time so that congress head can be put in sand.
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                      ramakrishnan
                      Jul 7, 2017 at 8:59 am
                      Stupid moron and licker, how much did u get in cash or u exchanged your wife for the money u received
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                        Tushar Kanta
                        Jul 8, 2017 at 12:53 pm
                        May be you should answer your own question.
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