GST launch: Cracks in Opposition, Samajwadi Party to now attend midnight session

GST launch: "We oppose GST, it's a black law but since President will attend launch we will go as we do not want to create controversy," Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal said, signalling cracks in the Opposition. The Congress will not attend the launch,

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 30, 2017 3:32 pm
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Samajwadi Party has agreed to attend the special midnight meeting on GST convened by the Narendra Modi-led government, reported news agency ANI. Keeping reservations about the GST law that is set to come into effect at midnight, SP leader Naresh Agrawal on Friday said, “We oppose GST, it’s a black law but since President will attend launch we will go as we do not want to create controversy.”

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will also not attend the meeting, however, JD(U) leader and Bihar minister Vijendra Yadav will attend on his behalf.

The Congress Party decided not to attend the midnight rollout of GST. Congress senior leader Anand Sharma said, as quoted by PTI, “This is not a minor issue that the government will request and just few hours before the event a major opposition party will amend its decision.”

Trinamool Congress also announced its decision to boycott the event categorically. Former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda were invited to the event but they will not attend the event.

The Left parties will also not take part, and CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury already raised questions over the government’s “hurrying” into GST regime.

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    Shailendra Nagar
    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:17 pm
    Even the in-laws of lalu Yadav are not siding with him. Nut the very presence of SP is to be seen with caution because it belongs to Mulayam / Akhilesh family who has controversy attached with their names.
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    K.Suresh
    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:16 pm
    Congress has agreed to attend parliament today - carrying sleeping bags. And in true shylock style will leave there at the stroke of midnight, not wanting to stay there on 1 July.
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    paban ghosh
    Jun 30, 2017 at 5:16 pm
    If winter comes, can spring be far behind ? We must change the system eventhough it pains us.
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    Parth Garg
    Jun 30, 2017 at 4:59 pm
    Backstabbers all the way.
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    Sadanand Mahale
    Jun 30, 2017 at 4:50 pm
    GST IMPLEMENTAION IS PRIDE OF THE COUNTRY. IT IS LAWMAKERS DUTY TO PRESENT FOR SUCH EVENT. THESE ABSENTEES OWE ANSWER TO CITIZENS.
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    JSR Murthy
    Jun 30, 2017 at 3:53 pm
    Like de monitistation which had the positives of bringing hidden money to system and hence funds are available in the form of loans, GST will be exhibiting the positives. We can believe Modi Raj as there is no corruption seen for 3 years. It is proved beyond doubt that if govt income is spent fully on public there will be subiksha. The cuttings taken by ministers of the upa for the last decade had made people and India to underprogress.
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    Chandu Shah
    Jun 30, 2017 at 3:47 pm
    Who cares if congress party attends or not. Congress is doomed anyway
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