A day after Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Issac said he does not find any reason to stand in the way of the rollout of Goods and Services Tax (GST), Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Saturday endorsed it, saying that the state Government is not opposed to the new tax regime.
The CPM had earlier raised certain reservations about the GST Bill, but the Kerala government agrees with the content of the GST Bill, Vijayan told reporters here.
Asked about Issac’s open support for the Bill, Vijayan said there was a meeting recently of state finance ministers on the GST in Kolkata but he does not have full information of what was discussed there.
The Chief Minister said, “In Parliament, when it (the GST Bill) was discussed, the CPI(M) had raised certain reservations, but the Kerala government has no objections.”
Issac had Friday told The Indian Express that the CPM will not support the Congress’s demand for a GST ceiling rate to be specified in the Constitution Amendment Bill. He said the GST will be a boon for a consumer state like Kerala. While the CPM is not opposed to GST, the party’s official position has been that some of its provisions are likely to adversely impact the country’s federal structure.