GST roll-out: What’s the hurry, even PM Modi opposed it for years, says Sitaram Yechury

Sitaram Yechury targetted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, recalling how he had opposed it for several years when he was chief minister of Gujarat. He tweeted, "Why this unseemly hurry with GST before putting systems in place? After all, BJP opposed it for several years, especially then CM, Gujarat."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 26, 2017 8:06 pm
GST, Sitaram Yechury, GST roll out, GSTN chairman CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury (File Photo)

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Monday questioned the government’s hurry to introduce the Goods and Service Tax (GST) before putting all systems in place. He targetted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, recalling how he had opposed it for several years when he was chief minister of Gujarat. Taking to Twitter Yechury said, “Why this unseemly hurry with GST before putting systems in place? After all, BJP opposed it for several years, especially then CM, Gujarat.”

Yechury’s question came in the light of an interview with GST Network (GSTN) chairman Navin Kumar in Business Standard, in which he is quoted as saying, “We would have loved to have a couple of months more before the rollout.

When asked whether the GSTN will deliver a robust software, Kumar said, “Nowhere in the world does the hardening of software take place before the rollout. When you are about to deploy the software, there is a code freeze when code writing stops. In the next 10 days you do the testing. There is no time for that now. It takes three-four months for stabilisation to happen.”

He adds that his team is “very, very stressed”, and is working “28 hours” a day.

The GST is slated for introduction on July 1. All states except Jammu and Kashmir passed the State GST (SGST) Bill, ahead of its roll-out later this week.

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    Sridhara Hiriyannaiah
    Jun 27, 2017 at 4:20 pm
    This gentleman has no hopes of winning any election leave alone hoping to be a PM. So he has habit of pocking nose in every thing good or bad. The GST earlier proposed by UPA was lacking in various issues. They never took States in to confidence. Hence as a CM of a producing state he had expressed his apprehensions and displeasure. What is wrong. When he became PM (Not out of magic - but duly elected) he has corrected various lacunae and is implementing GST. It is passed by both houses of Parliament and consented by the President. Why should we delay?
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      mimi sur
      Jun 27, 2017 at 11:13 am
      See..who is giving business lesson ? Communists ...Fuuck of Mr.Yechury ..Go and commit suicide
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        rajesh patel
        Jun 27, 2017 at 3:21 pm
        Maadarbhagat ek number ka sootiyaa kise seekha raha hai.
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        geekay
        Jun 27, 2017 at 9:08 am
        this opportunistic prime minister has no credit in favor him to tell the people , because unemplyment and other social issues are giving him fear how he will face the nation. so he is bringing this GST on war footing let us only pray to GOD every thing should go in fruitful way otherwise this chaiwala potato will put people of this country to the maximum hardship an ran away safely by the help of adhani reliance
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          rajdeep
          Jun 27, 2017 at 6:38 am
          Only thing the communists wants is to halt the progress of the nation. They will not do any positive themselves and will try to stop any positive from happening. They have a filthy negative agenda!
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            PL
            Jun 27, 2017 at 6:03 am
            Left and congress are out of touch and communists should be cleaned out along with congress. Communism is dead in the world.
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              mady
              Jun 27, 2017 at 5:29 am
              For left and congress parties their ego comes first and nation comes last. Both these parties are struggling for their existence and if they keep throwing these tantrums then that day will come sooner.
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                S.Parmar
                Jun 27, 2017 at 5:15 am
                yechor please you shut up you people never did anything to Bengal destroyed life of bengal people your party should be banned and put behind bar and check all bank account
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                  guest
                  Jun 27, 2017 at 4:24 am
                  Mr Sitaram Yachuri, you belong to elite upper caste and more than 90 of your party leaders are also upper caste people and GST belongs to poor people to take care of their needs and to avoid third party fees and corruption.
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                    paarth
                    Jun 27, 2017 at 4:54 am
                    Why make this into a caste discussion? Seems like you are intentionally making trouble. Please read the article again and don't make this about caste discussion. High time for India to stop being so casteist. This is related to software and how long it takes to stablize and when is a good date for the rollout.
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