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Ruckus in J-K assembly over GST; FM moves resolution on 101st amendment

Opposition argues that surrendering collection of taxes to the GST Council would take away the financial autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir.

india Updated: Jul 04, 2017 17:05 IST
Agencies, Srinagar
Jammu and Kashmir,J-K Assembly,Engineer Rashid
Opposition MLAs created a ruckus in the J-K assembly. (ANI Photo)

Noisy scenes by the opposition in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly on Tuesday forced the Speaker to adjourn the House twice as the lawmakers took up the discussion on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation.

Opposition MLAs belonging to the National Conference (NC), the Congress and Independents stood up on their seats and later rushed towards the Speaker’s chair as the four-day long special session started in Srinagar.

Speaker Kavinder Gupta ordered marshalling out of Independent MLA Engineer Rashid and some other opposition MLAs as they raised anti-GST slogans.

The House would resume at 2.30pm.

The assembly had began discussions on a resolution moved by the government for implementing the GST regime without affecting the special status of the state.

State finance minister Haseeb Drabu moved the resolution seeking suggestions from the lawmakers on how to implement the 101st amendment of the Constitution of India pertaining to GST in the state with modifications to ensure that the special status under Article 370 of the Constitution is not affected.

“This House resolves that the Government of Jammu and Kashmir may give consent to the adoption of GST regime by application of relevant amendments made to the Constitution of India in a modified form to safeguard existing constitutional position of J&K in the Union of India and the legislative powers under Constitution of J&K,” Drabu read from the resolution.

He said it was a very sincere effort of the government to get the sense of the house on the issue of GST implementation.

“There is no devious game plan, we want a sense of the house and communicate it to the government of India for implementing GST while safeguarding the special status of the state,” he said.

The opposition parties including the NC, Congress and Independents said they were not against the GST, but were against the adoption of Amendment 101 in its present form.

The opposition believes it will infringe on the special status of the state.

They argued that surrendering collection of taxes to the GST Council would take away the financial autonomy of the state as guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution.

The opposition MLAs alleged that the ruling PDP under pressure from its BJP ally has decided to bulldoze through the GST implementation in the state.

Jammu and Kashmir is the only state in the country where the GST has not been implemented so far.

First Published: Jul 04, 2017 15:10 IST