TMC to skip midnight GST launch


New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday announced that her Trinamool Congress (TMC) will not attend the midnight programme in Parliament on June 30 when GST will be launched.

In a Facebook post Banerjee said “We are deeply concerned about GST implementation after demonetisation, this unnecessary disastrous hurry is another epic blunder of the Centre. We have been for GST from the beginning but are very worried now with the way the Central Government is going ahead with the implementation”.

She further added “We are saying that the economy is not yet ready to face the GST from the 1st of July, 2017. The 3 days strike declared by the Textile Industries of India provides evidence to our deep concerns on the lack of preparedness”.

Our Parliamentary Party has decided not to attend the 30th June, 2017 midnight programme at the Parliament House to celebrate GST, as a mark of protest, she added.

It is firm on rolling out GST, which replaces a slew of indirect taxes on goods and services, on July 1 as planned and has gone all out to make it a grand launch. The historic central hall will be lit up and decorated. The function will begin at 11 pm on Friday and both PM Modi and President Mukherjee will speak on the occasion.

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