Opinion | Why the Opp’s boycott of the midnight GST session is mealy mouthed?

On the eve of the midnight meeting to mark the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the Congress on Thursday announced its decision to boycott the event, calling it a “publicity gimmick” and “tamasha”. While the Trinamool Congress was the first to announce its boycott earlier this week, other Opposition parties like the Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Left have also decided to stay away. GST will require businesses to file their returns online, for which the company providing the IT backbone GST Network has been working on the modalities.