Congress will repent decision to boycott GST session: Naidu



West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) and M Karunanidi's Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) have already boycotted the event. It can be mentioned here that it was Singh who had played the role of a game-changer by advising the Congress against proceeding with amendments to the GST bills and let them get passed in parliament.

Sources said the Congress was clearly irritated with Mr. Modi attempting to emulate the nation's initially Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's midnight "tryst with destiny" speech on the eve of Independence. All the states approved it except Jammu and Kashmir. Kharge said that UPA government took many historic decisions including Right To Information (RTI), Food Security Act and MNREGA but never did the Congress create such a spectacle.

President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, former PM HD Deve Gowda, BJP president Amit Shah, former Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, "Metro Man" E Sreedharan, RSS ideologue S Gurumurthy, former CAG Vinod Rai, TN Chaturvedi, agriculturalist MS Swaminathan, former speaker Somnath Chatterjee. "That is why they have invented this.They are giving no reason for it also.I am sure, they will sooner or later repent besides paying a heavy price for the same", he said. But he has assured that the effort would eventually help reduce rampant tax evasion.

Switchover to the GST has added to the worries of businesses that are still recovering from the November 8 shock decision to overnight remove 86 per cent of currency from circulation. "The entire country is rejoicing and I would say you will appear small by taking such a stand", Naidu said. "July 1 begins with midnight 12 am".

The government, however, defends the decision saying enough time was given to businesses to adapt to the new regime.

The Congress has been contemplating on the matter since the party members have in recent times been vocal about their criticism regarding the way in which GST is being implemented. Industry and trade associations described their problems to the former PM.

The industry on its part said it will take about 3 months to gauge the situation. Do we need a certificate from him? From the electoral perspective, this opposition will do Modi an huge favour, irrespective of what the GST has in store for the country in the short and long run.

Unbranded food staples including vegetables, milk, eggs and flour will be exempt from GST, along with health and education services.

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