New Delhi, June 30: As the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government prepares for the grand celebration to mark the rollout of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) at a special midnight event of Parliament on June 30, several political parties including the Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Trinamool Congress (TMC), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) among many others, have decided to boycott the event. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Assembly Election 2021: AIADMK, DMK Continue Seat-sharing Talks, Fate of Sasikala to be Decided
Earlier on Thursday, the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had urged the Opposition to revisit their decision to skip the GST launch saying that they were all consulted on the indirect tax reform. “I hope every political party will reconsider and revisit its decision” on not being a part of the GST launch in Parliament. Also Read - Delhi MCD Election Results 2021 Updates: AAP Wins 4 Seats, Congress 1; Kejriwal, Sisodia Laud Victory
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Speaking to news agency ANI, Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal said that GST is a black law and the party opposes it. He also said that the decision on whether or not, the SP will attend the midnight Parliament session today will be decided by afternoon.
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The Trinamool Congress (TMC) said that the country is not ready for GST now and therefore, it needs to be pushed back. Party spokesperson Derek O’ Brien told ANI that the party was always for the GST and it was always in their manifesto, but all we are saying that the country is not ready for it now. “In principle, the TMC was always for the GST and it was always in our manifesto. But they (Govt.) are not heeding to our advice which we gave them. All we are saying that the country is not ready for it now. This is purely the two face of the BJP and I think the people of India wants unity in diversity and the concept is being lost today by the BJP,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Congress too has announced to boycott the midnight GST rollout and branded this as ‘publicity stunt’ or ‘tamasha’ (drama) of the Narendra Modi-led Government. Earlier, the Congress had objected to Prime Minister Modi launching GST at the special midnight function pointing out that since President Pranab Mukherjee will be present, it would undermine his status.