Trinamool to skip June 30 midnight rollout of GST, Mamata Banerjee ‘concerned’ about implementation

As a mark of protest, Trinamool Congress will not attend the GST launch on June 30, said Mamata Banerjee in a Facebook post.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:June 28, 2017 3:21 pm
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced Wednesday that her party, Trinamool Congress, will not attend the midnight programme in Parliament on June 30 when GST will be launched. In a Facebook post, she said she was deeply concerned about the ‘hurried’ implementation of GST and termed it ‘another epic blunder by Centre.”

“We have been for GST from the beginning but are very worried now with the way the Central Government is going ahead with the implementation. Our repeated suggestions to take some more time to properly implement GST have fallen on deaf ears. The entire business community, especially the small and medium ones, are scared and confused,” said Banerjee.

The Chief Minister expressed her concern about the imminent rise of prices of many commodities in the state.

“Only 60 hours are left before this ill-planned launch and no one knows for sure what’s happening! Essential commodities such as medicines are not available in many places and prices of various commodities are rising for lack of clarity and mismanagement,” she said.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said on Tuesday that there should be no politics over the GST launch as all decisions were taken by the GST council.

“I don’t know what they will do. All decisions (on GST) were taken collectively and we want the launch programme to reflect the collective nature of our polity,” he said when asked about the Congress being non-commital on the issue.

“The Congress party is examining various aspects of the issue, including the manner the GST is being implemented causing harassment to the common people, the unorganised sector and small businessmen,” Surjewala had earlier said.

President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and members of Parliament will be present at the launch. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda have also been invited.

All states except Jammu and Kashmir have passed the State GST (SGST) Act. The sweeping tax reform, that is set to re-shape the $2 trillion economy, will be launched in the Central Hall of Parliament.

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    Smart
    Jun 28, 2017 at 10:56 pm
    She is the leader of Trina-Bhool.
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      Susanta Basu
      Jun 28, 2017 at 8:07 pm
      She is concerned on everything under the blue sky except affairs of state!
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        indian man
        Jun 28, 2017 at 7:59 pm
        According to Mamata Banerjee anything against Islam is unacceptable. Just look at her pictures in internet. The way she was praying to Allah, even Muslim woman cannot do.
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          dd
          Jun 28, 2017 at 6:54 pm
          We should kick her out and let her dance without any tunes. Just ignore her and move forward with GST. Just kick her out of country for dancing with Pakistan tunes.
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            Sameer Das
            Jun 28, 2017 at 11:48 pm
            Very easy to say to 'kick her out', than actually done. How did she frustrate, the teesta river water sharing with Bangladesh, even Modi committed to Shaik Hasina Mujib ?. She is the most powerful opposition leader against the BJP regime. Honourable Mamata Banerjee is the only opposition leader, who makes Modi really nervous.
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            Citizen
            Jun 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm
            Who cares only the voters of Waste Bengal can teach her a lesson as this amounts to disrespecting them when the whole nation is looking forward for "One tax One Nation Rule" She is worst than a Moran. Jaihind
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              Sameer Das
              Jun 28, 2017 at 11:53 pm
              What Bengal thinks today, brainless bhakts in other parts of the country, tries to think, the day later.
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              Vijayan
              Jun 28, 2017 at 5:08 pm
              In 30days we will know good effect. People are bored of naysayers. New India wants action, accountability, less governance. Smuggling, tax evasion, bribes, scams, loots, are Congress, UPA hallmarks. WB has problems with Darjelling now. So hit Modiji. Nation wants fair less government in business. GSTN Is able, will deliver. Don't doubt Indian IT Community. They will solve. Goi has said 2 months lax time, we will solve. Let us welcome change, make our kids corruption free. WBCM can educate WB,, win hearts.
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                Mohmed
                Jun 28, 2017 at 5:03 pm
                Muslim Mamata is like buy one get one free.If you buy Sonia you get Mamata free.
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                  Mohmed
                  Jun 28, 2017 at 4:56 pm
                  Who is this begger muslim to not attend?What difference does it make?We have pros ute Sonia begger Mamata corrupt Lalu Mulayam and Mayawati and above all traitors Yechury Karat and Kejri.Is this opposition consisting of third rate people?
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