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Congress to boycott midnight GST launch in Parliament special session

The Congress joins Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, which has also decided to skip the event.

india Updated: Jul 08, 2017 18:44 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Banners protesting against the forthcoming Goods and Services Tax in Kolkata. (AFP)

The Congress has decided to boycott the launch of the Good and Services Tax (GST) on June 30 midnight during a special session of Parliament.

“The Congress has decided not to attend GST midnight session on June 30 in Parliament,” Congress’ Satyavrat Chaturvedi told ANI.

The party joins the Trinamool Congress, which has also decided to skip the event. Trinamool president and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday called the GST an “epic blunder”, saying the Narendra Modi government was in a “unnecessary disastrous hurry” to implement a plan that should be six more months for a smooth changeover.

The GST is India’s most ambitious tax reform plan that aims to stitch together a common market by dismantling fiscal barriers between states. Once it is launched, there will be a uniform tax regime across that country that will subsume a plethora of local taxes.

The previous Congress-led UPA regime had failed to implement the GST because of opposition from the BJP. After coming to power in 2014, the BJP took up the UPA’s unfinished agenda and has sought to claim credit for it.

First Published: Jun 29, 2017 14:26 IST