Congress decides to skip midnight GST launch in Parliament

Party leaders were divided on the issue, as a group within feels that the GST was the party’s brainchild which has been now taken over by the ruling BJP.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 29, 2017 8:05 pm
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Congress has decided not to attend the Goods and Services Tax (GST) midnight session on June 30 in Parliament, said senior party leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi on Thursday. The decision came after Congress President Sonia Gandhi met former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with other leaders today. Party leaders were divided on the issue, as a group within feels that the GST was the party’s brainchild which has been now taken over by the ruling BJP. So, they feel, the party should attend the special meeting convened in the central hall of Parliament to launch the GST.

However, some leaders feel that the GST is being implemented in a haste and all aspects have not been taken into consideration leading to harassment of small traders and businessmen and thus, the party should abstain.

Trinamool Congress has already announced its decision to boycott the event. The Left leaders are also not inclined to attend the special GST meeting and are set to skip it, along with some other opposition parties. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has already questioned the government on “hurrying” into introducing GST and recalled that the ruling BJP had opposed the system when it was in the opposition.

The government will use the circular-shaped Central Hall to launch the new taxation system that is set to dramatically re-shape the over USD 2 trillion economy.

A gong will be sounded at midnight to usher in the GST. Modi will be the key speaker at the function. PTI quoted the sources as saying that former prime minister Singh is also unlikely to attend the event, with a party leader holding the view that the party’s decision is applicable for all. Earlier it was reported that Singh will attend the midnight session.

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  1. M
    Jun 29, 2017 at 6:42 pm
    This only shows that our leaders can play politics with anything,case of sour grapes for the congress,Opposition is not able digest the fact that NDA is in limelight with this implementation.These ground level problems will always be there ,just a lame exciuse.Our leaders are unable to rise above narrow political considerations.
    1. N
      Jun 29, 2017 at 5:53 pm
      The Congress and the CPM are always seen holding the same views against the government on every issue, be it the GST, be it demonetisation or other such issues. But why are they at each others throat in the state of Kerala?
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        Sujatha Selvam
        Jun 29, 2017 at 5:27 pm
        GST is going to be big big headache for honest traders also. If one of their suppliers is defaulted, their own company also will be affected. Punishing the innocent for the crimes committed by defaulters. Just wait and watch how much anarchy and chaos this GST will create and how the BJP governments will be forced to resign or they will be be thrown out by the people whenever elections are held. Because, GST's ultimate victims are common people. Never in the history of mankind any government survived for long when the people are disturbed.
        1. S
          Jun 29, 2017 at 6:23 pm
          I feel you are innocent of the tax system. Since more than 3 to 4 years the (computer) system designed is sending the notice to the traders informing that they cannot avail set off since his counterpart has not paid. Here to the system is going to work and the system will make you to obey, which you are referring as a a big head ache to the small traders since they will be brought into the taxable net, who have hitherto enjoyed.
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          Sujatha Selvam
          Jun 29, 2017 at 5:12 pm
          The opposition parties' decision not to attend GST nightmare function at Central Hall of Parliament on midnight June 30, highly commendable. Those who are clapping for the introduction of GST will soon realize how this GST kills the small traders, and ultimately it will generate a parallel economy that the government will not be able to stop it. Hopefully GST will be the one of the major reason for BJP losing the power in 2019.
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            Shailendra Nagar
            Jun 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm
            Its good that the Congress and Left parties along with TMC are not attending the event. We all know that every move that the NDA govt takes is being opposed by these parties. Since the event is scheduled for 30th which is a Friday therefore these opposition parties think its better to enjoy the weekend with Booze rather than to attend the special session of parliament. By the way opposing parties attend parliament to shout and disrupt the same and not to do any meaningful thing.
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              Ramakrishnan Kinattukara
              Jun 29, 2017 at 4:39 pm
              Congress is simply jealous of the popularity of PM. In their view only the god forsaken family should rule India for ever.
              1. A
                Jun 29, 2017 at 4:36 pm
                It's best they don't involve themselves in BJP self promotion.GST still has a lot of wrinkles and trade bodies are not happy with some parts,including fabric traders and biscuit manufacturers.All biscits are under 18 slab,even the ones consumed by poor and which attracted only 5 before.The idea was to replace with one tax not to raise it by over 3 times.The last time we had a midnight Parliament session was when we attained independance.What is so great about this basically bureaucratic activity which should be celebrated by midnight meet.Could have been justified if govt had said there would now be no taxes on production or ! Something this govt is incapable of!So if this govt wants to make some propoganda from GST there is no need for opposition to help them.
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                  Kamal Pasha
                  Jun 29, 2017 at 4:21 pm
                  Government does not have balls to present this during day time. They are all enuchs.
                  1. H
                    Jun 29, 2017 at 4:32 pm
                    just like you eating only during night in ramadan??
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                      Shailendra Nagar
                      Jun 29, 2017 at 5:03 pm
                      Mr Pasha it should be the other way round. The opposition does not have balls to attend the special session of parliament as it has nothing substantial to oppose.
                      1. S
                        Jun 29, 2017 at 6:21 pm
                        A sane Opposition will oppose at the time of passing the Bill or before it. Only the BJP can think of opposing just for the sake of disruption like they did in UPA-2. It is the BJP who apes the Congress and not the other way round.
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