Samajwadi Party traders’ wing asks Mulayam to oppose GST Bill

“The GST Bill in its present form is against small traders. We oppose it. The format should be simplified,” Gopal Agarwal, state president of SP’s traders’ wing said.

Written by Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Published: November 20, 2015 12:58 am
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Rejecting the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in its present form, Samajwadi Party’s trader wing has requested party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to oppose it in the coming Winter Session of Parliament.

SP’s Vyapar Prakoshth during its state executive meeting at Gorakhpur Thursday resolved that terms and conditions of GST Bill should be simplified and it cannot be acceptable in its present format.

“The GST Bill in its present form is against small traders. We oppose it. The format should be simplified,” Gopal Agarwal, state president of SP’s traders’ wing told The Indian Express after the meeting.

He further said most of the smaller traders are in rural market with poor internet connectivity, so filing online returns will be a problem.

“Now, the trader will be rushing to CAs for filing their return at least thrice a month, which is too cumbersome,” the SP traders’ wing chief said.

Uttar Pradesh Commerical Tax Department had sent Agarwal and 10 others to Delhi for interaction with central government officials to understand the finer details of GST Bill.

“After discussing with the officials, we contacted traders in almost all districts who had opined that clauses of GST Bill are against traders. We cannot accept the bill in its present format. Firstly, the exemption limit of Rs 40 lakh per month should be provided for smaller traders,” Agarwal said.

“We took up the matter in our executive committee meeting and have passed the resolution in this regard. We will give a copy of our resolution to party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for opposing it in Parliament during Winter Session,” said Agarwal.

“We have full faith in our leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Ramgopal Yadav who will follow the parliamentary norms and register a strong protest without disrupting the proceedings,” he added.

SP has five members in Lok Sabha and 15 members in Rajya Sabha.

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