Arun Jaitley open to ideas at GST meet, not hard to be heard: Manish Sisodia

Manish Sisodia, also the capital’s finance minister, added that “making yourself heard as an opposition party has not been difficult” in the meetings.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 10, 2017 8:49 am
manish sisodia, DIP, Delhi On other ministers in the council, Sisodia said, “There are great finance ministers in BJP-ruled states as well. They are very intelligent and have come up with some very good ideas as well. I am not trying to play a blame game.”

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Friday said he is “one of the satisfied members of the GST council” under Arun Jaitley’s chairmanship because the Union Finance Minister is “open to ideas” and “questions”. Sisodia, also the capital’s finance minister, added that “making yourself heard as an opposition party has not been difficult” in the meetings.

Sisodia was speaking at the Idea Exchange at The Indian Express office on Friday. “The GST council meetings till now have been good… Arun Jaitley is the chairman and he is very open to ideas, let me admit. Till now, the way meetings have been held, I am one of the satisfied members. Whenever I raise a question or raise an issue, he considers (it),” Sisodia said. “Making yourself heard as an opposition party hasn’t been difficult. You raise your voice and you are heard.”

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Sisodia’s remarks come at a time when the Delhi High Court is hearing a defamation case filed by Jaitley against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

On other ministers in the council, he said, “There are great finance ministers in BJP-ruled states as well. They are very intelligent and have come up with some very good ideas as well. I am not trying to play a blame game.”

The Delhi Finance Minister reiterated that he was an “in-principle advocate” of the GST regime, but added that he has “objections” with how it is “being taken forward” without sufficiently considering “Indian market realities”.

“The tax regime can’t just be officer-centric; it has to be consumer-centric and trader-centric. Ultimately the trader has to collect the tax. That hasn’t happened, we think how will the tax come… put 18% on this and 18% on that. It can’t work like this… We need to consider the Indian market realities, that is not being considered,” he said.

Sisodia added that the past two meetings of the GST council in June were both a result of issues that his government had raised. “There were some issues that I had raised and he (Jaitley) felt there wasn’t enough time. So he said, let us call another meeting… When, in the next meeting, all the issues weren’t addressed, I suggested that there be another meeting because I had spoken to almost 30-odd associations and had taken their inputs with me. He (Jaitley) said this is very voluminous and he said to discuss this we need a separate meeting,” said Sisodia.

He said he is “optimistic” of a July 1 GST rollout, explaining that the “impression we have been given as members” of the council is that “they are prepared”. He added that the Centre has a “leeway of two more months” if “they are not prepared”.

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    Gsn Murthy
    Jun 11, 2017 at 10:57 am
    Refreshing change or a new strategy? Time only can tell. Manish of course less in negativity than his boss.
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      HOMER
      Jun 11, 2017 at 8:24 am
      Looks like the rats are preparing to jump ship before it finally sinks and there is no room for the king rat even in kangress!
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        Parth Garg
        Jun 10, 2017 at 2:19 pm
        New Delhi [India], May 31 : Agreeing with West Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra that the proposed roll-out of the goods and service tax (GST) is not fully prepared to be implemented in present form, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday said the best time to bring in GST would be after the 2019 election. Swamy said GST in its present form is a disaster.
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          HOMER
          Jun 11, 2017 at 8:25 am
          If you wait for the perfect time to have children you may end up trying from the grave!
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          sampath
          Jun 10, 2017 at 12:44 pm
          All this praise while welcome has come while a Jaitley defamation case is going on against AAP leaders. They could go to jail if they cant pay the court awards when it happens. Even the jhootmalaani bills cannot be paid. So all this buttering up being done so the case is dropped like Gadhkari did. Just shows the immaturity of AAP and megalomaniacal nature of Khujli who seems to have gone underground after attempting to abuse everyone to grab the PM seat.
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            P Manjunath
            Jun 10, 2017 at 11:40 am
            In one tax one nation structure, several tax levels are made. I still feel they could be reduced further with some exemptions and by realigning some products/services with some increase and decrease depending upon the type, nature, usage, consumption and seasonality.
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              HOMER
              Jun 11, 2017 at 8:30 am
              Everything in life can be better for someone! Only a big mind and a big thinker balances between that which is better for all not just one or the other! Free of tax would be even better, but then who would pay for the roads bridges infrastructure soldiers their weapons and their equipment that keeps the savage neighbor caged?
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              vasu
              Jun 10, 2017 at 10:38 am
              So refreshing to read this. If only the AAP had adopted a policy of collaboration and not confrontation, Delhi would have been a much better off city
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                HOMER
                Jun 11, 2017 at 8:33 am
                Kejriwal was nurtured trained financed and installed to DISRUPT OBSTRUCT & DENIGRATE ONLY BJP and only MODI, for his CIA masters! They were happy with the white widow waitress looter queen and her muppet maunmohan, following their orders!
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                l s
                Jun 10, 2017 at 9:38 am
                Mr Jaitlyt should control the abnormal MRP pricing by manufacturers, in collusion with the distributors, dealers,w sellers and the retailers. This gang of people are sky-rocketing prices right from the manufacturing stage, knowing there is no dept/section in the govt looking into this matter or monitoring or asking as to why a certain item is priced more than 300 high and of looting the people and customers. Ex. furniture, textiles etc etc.
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                  HOMER
                  Jun 11, 2017 at 8:35 am
                  Mr. Jaitely should control those who cheat the nation of taxes and aid our enemies to hide what they owe the country! But he is one man, and there are millions of you!
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                  Ramesh Athavale
                  Jun 10, 2017 at 8:52 am
                  Any one from AAP party praising anyone from BJP is rare indeed. AAP has always indulged in abusing BJP.
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