GST midnight launch not political event, Congress should reconsider boycott: Venkaiah Naidu

GST launch: In a letter to presidents of 50 national and state political parties, Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh called the launch of GST a “momentous occasion”. The Opposition, however, is boycotting the launch.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 30, 2017 10:11 am
Venkaiah Naidu, farmer loan waiver, loan waiver, naidu comment Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu has appealed to the Opposition to rethink its decision to not attend the GST launch at midnight.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Friday appealed to the Opposition to reconsider its decision not to attend the launch of the Goods and Service Tax, saying it was not a political event. “I still appeal to Congress and other parties boycotting GST event to reconsider. It’s not a party function,” the senior minister said.

His appeal comes hours before the government, in a midnight session, will officially launch the new tax regime. The Congress Party claims the midnight event is a publicity move and that it wouldn’t want to be part of a celebration when there are protests over various issues across the country.

“These are the two reasons… the ongoings in the country and the fact that functions held in the Central Hall in the past were related to India’s independence,” said Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, adding that “this is a taxation law. It can be amended tomorrow. It can be amended several times. The government just wants to indulge in publicity… they are masters in publicity.”

In a letter to presidents of 50 national and state political parties, Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh called the launch of GST a “momentous occasion” and underlined that such a gigantic task has been achieved with the cooperation of all state governments. The government also sent out letters to chief ministers and chief secretaries of all states seeking their cooperation in the implementation of GST in their respective states.

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    Velayudham
    Jun 30, 2017 at 10:41 pm
    Sitar am Yechuri is a scrap dealer. He is gradually "acquiring " the Congress party as scrap on 'as is where is basis'. TMC acquisition is complimentary.
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      Dharampal Gupta
      Jun 30, 2017 at 8:40 pm
      By boycotting the program congress has give more publicity to the BJP and NDA
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        ravi
        Jun 30, 2017 at 5:52 pm
        They should have called it IFTAR Party then everybody would have come
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          S.S.KASANA
          Jun 30, 2017 at 5:12 pm
          V.NAIDU SIR TRP GOING HIGH S.S.KASANA
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            Sankaran Krishnan
            Jun 30, 2017 at 4:17 pm
            IN a way it is good that the corrupt Congress party is not attending the event which is going to be a Game Changer across the Nation and when they decided NOT to be an part of historic event shows them that already the people across India rejected them out rightly and reduced them 40 plus seats and that too as puppets as MPs with no right thinking persons available in the party it is better to neglect them and hope in the same way people of the Country will reject them in 2019 LS elections and reduce from 40 plus single digit numbers !!!
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              RSS
              Jul 1, 2017 at 3:05 am
              Why you are so obsessed with Congress ?Let them enjoy their and you be happy in your hell.
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              Parth Garg
              Jun 30, 2017 at 2:14 pm
              He is the self styled defense counsel of the BJP in general and finance ministry in particular.
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                Roby Mani
                Jun 30, 2017 at 1:47 pm
                How come Modi, Jutley and Naidu are now realising that GST is a momentous decision which will benefit the nation as a whole, but had opposed it vehemently when they were in the opposition. What has changed? Were they opposing it to , prevent the UPA from introducing it so that they would be the ones to claim credit for it when once they were in the Government. It is really shameful for the Government and especially Modi and Jutley to now get a g function organised in the fro introducing something they were vehemently opposed to while in the opposition and claim credit for introducing it.
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                  Sameer
                  Jun 30, 2017 at 12:09 pm
                  As India is going in a totally different direction, the opposition cannot bear the progress, also years of (mis)rule has created a business system of parallel economy, there are states which will loose large vote banks of illegal immigrants, hence the opposition to this Game Changer.
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                    RSS
                    Jul 1, 2017 at 3:01 am
                    You are great. Naidu should step down to make room for a intelligent person like you. But Naidu will not vacate the seat and will say .."we do not need intelligent person in cabinet" .Naidu is very witty
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