GST roll-out: Arun Jaitley asks Opposition to revisit decision on skipping midnight launch

All the decisions regarding GST --  including rules and tax rates -- were taken in consultation with the states, political parties must display broad shoulder and own up their responsibility, Arun Jaitley said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 29, 2017 6:32 pm
7th pay commission, seventh pay commission, arun jaitley All the decisions regarding GST —  including rules and tax rates — were taken in consultation with the states, political parties must display broad shoulder and own up their responsibility, Arun Jaitley said. (file photo)

Criticising the Congress and Left parties decision to boycott the GST launch event at the Parliament Central Hall on June 30 midnight, Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday hoped they would reconsider their stand and support the roll-out. Calling GST as the single most important taxation reform in 70 years, Jaitley said the government remains committed to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) as any other reform.

All the decisions regarding GST —  including rules and tax rates — were taken in consultation with the states, political parties must display broad shoulder and own up their responsibility, Jaitley said.

Speaking to reporters, Jaitley said: “I can’t recall any discussion which has been more or greater than the one in the case of GST. Those who were party to this consultation and decision-making process must also accept this is not a decision of the Central government, it’s equally a decision which 31 state governments and Union Territories have been a party to and these are representing various political complexions.”

Announcing the boycott at a press conference in New Delhi, the Congress said the GST would hurt small traders. “The country is ill prepared… the Congress asked the government on the floor of the House on what steps it has taken to help small traders…,” Congress Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma said. Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad claimed the BJP stalled GST for “seven long years”.

Left parties also followed suit and decided to stay away from the midnight event. “The Left will not be participating in the midnight GST
meeting. People are agitating across the county. There are serious apprehensions in the minds of people over GST’s implementation. We cannot be celebrating when people are agitating,” CPI Rajya Sabha MP D Raja said.

Earlier, Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that the party will skip the event. The hour-long event will begin with President Pranab Mukherjee sounding a gong to announce the roll-out. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one of the key speakers.

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    kulaputra kulaputra
    Jun 30, 2017 at 6:07 am
    Anything is an improvement over the current system, Let us embrace GST and make it perfect as we go along
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      s s nair
      Jun 30, 2017 at 5:31 am
      Why not re-visit your decision? After all it was you who opposed the GST first.
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        Sham
        Jun 30, 2017 at 12:03 am
        The Congress, Communists Mamta's party are just a bunch of anarchists, fools. The reasons given by them are similar, as in the case of demonitisation. These parties have never understood the functions of the opposition in a democracy.
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          Ash
          Jun 29, 2017 at 11:18 pm
          Congress has taken a wise decision in not attending the midnight launch of GST.GST was delayed by Modi for 8 years because it was anti poor.Now BJP says GST is the most important action taken over 70 years. BJP has this thing about magnifying every little step they take. It's replacement of a no of taxes by one tax.The problem is that the GST as formulated is very convoluted as stated by the Economist.Trade bodies are also unhappy and confused on how it will affect them.Can we equate the GST to the Independance of India?What is the need for this drama of midnight Parliament session?If BJP wants to make this a propoganda issue it us best for opposition to stay away.
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            Arun
            Jun 29, 2017 at 10:51 pm
            It is advised Congress party not to boycott the midnight launching of GST all over India otherwise it will give wrong signal to the people of India that it does not want reform in our economy and Progress of nation.TMC's stand is expected which shows its hysteria towards Modi Govt at centre even it is going to get more revenue than what it is getting now.
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              Ash
              Jun 29, 2017 at 11:20 pm
              Modi stalled implementation of GST for 8 years,because it was anti poor.People are smart enough to know what is good for them. A no of trade bodies are holding protests with no effect on BJP.
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              Hedonist
              Jun 29, 2017 at 10:13 pm
              Oppositionwala won't spoil their Friday night. They will chillax at pub or disco.
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                Rushil
                Jun 29, 2017 at 9:25 pm
                Nonsense - the GST council is made up of an entire council of state finance minsters plus each state has individually passed the bill. It was a collective decision and now this is political gimmick. To all who are actually SME businessmen and women will know that 28 just applied to luxury items and such. All daily items have been kept at low tax slabs and this will improve ease of business. Right now I have to submit form for different taxes, half of which do not receive credit refund like the entry tax. In this I will be getting it back
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                  Ash
                  Jun 29, 2017 at 11:23 pm
                  Parle biscuits costing RS 5 and consummed by poor will now attract 18 tax.That is a ridiculously high tax.I wonder whether these guys are awake when they pass these taxes.Only slogans that normally items are kept low.Fact us most are in the 18 bracket.Luxury items are apparently cheaper under GST!Remarkable!
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                  Sriram
                  Jun 29, 2017 at 8:33 pm
                  Black Day for Freedom Lovimg Business people. Govt. Can be strict on Compliance but cannot treat like Cattles.
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