Opposition parties can boycott a special meeting on GST


New Delhi: There was no assurance given by the Congress and Left parties on joining a special event organized in central hall of Parliament on June 30 to implement the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala said that Congress is still considering whether to take part in the event or not. He said that he has not given any concrete assurance to the government about taking his participation.

According to earlier reports, ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda are expected to share the stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Surjewala said, Congress is looking at various aspects which also include how the GST was applied to the common people and how the process will affects the unorganized and small traders. According to sources, the Congress leadership is divided to take part in the event; a section of the party thinks that the party should stay away from it.

Other opposition parties, including the Left, have yet to decide whether to participate in it or not. CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said that BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat till 2014 he used to oppose the GST.

Yechury tweeted, Why this unseemly hurry with GST before putting systems in place? After all, BJP opposed it for several years, especially then CM, Gujarat.

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