Stalling of GST bill hurting Maharashtra’s growth: CM

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 15, 2015 00:22 IST

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday blamed Congress for putting a spanner in the state’s growth trajectory by stalling the Goods and Services (GST) bill in Parliament, which, he said, would have benefitted Maharashtra the most.

As part of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) well-orchestrated campaign across the nation to slam Congress, Fadnavis held a press conference and said the state’s youth will never forgive Congress for creating an anti-business sentiment just when the investment climate in the state was turning in their favour.

Congress hit back putting the onus back on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP’s attempts to shield the corrupt.

“Congress had decided not to allow the monsoon session to run. Blocking the GST legislation was one of the main reasons for stalling Parliament,” said Fadnavis.

“While in Opposition, we stalled the Parliament only after the CAG pointed to a massive scam in the 2G spectrum. But we cooperated on big legislations such as the land bill,” he said.

Fadnavis said Maharashtra would have been the biggest beneficiary from the implementation of GST, as it would have created the much- needed single market. The chief minister estimated the loss of not implementing GST bill at Rs2 lakh crore for the country and Rs20,000 crore for Maharashtra

The BJP has planned state-level protests against Congress on Sunday, especially in constituencies of Congress MPs.

Congress state president Ashok Chavan, meanwhile, put the onus on the BJP. “The PM didn’t show his face in the monsoon session of Parliament. None of the tainted ministers were made to resign. And now they are blaming us. It is unfortunate that a ruling party has to organise protests to have its say,” he said.

Congress has also planned retaliatory protests against the BJP, including a separate protest over farmer issues.

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