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Congress, RJD, DMK to skip GST rollout programme

29 June 2017

On Thursday, Sonia Gandhi met former PM Manmohan Singh and other senior Congress leaders to discuss the party's move regarding the government's invitation to Singh to be present on the stage with Prime Minister Modi during the launch of the GST on June 30.

Putting end to all speculation, the Indian National Congress has finally decided not to attend the PM Narendra Modi led NDA government organised midnight session of the GST launch on June 30, reported ANI.

Naidu's remarks came after congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad earlier in the day announced that grand old party will boycott the mid-night celebration in the Central Hall of Parliament on the occasion of Goods and Service Tax (GST) roll out and branded this as "publicity" or "tamasha" (drama) of the Narendra Modi government.

MP TKS Elangovan, of the DMK, said his party "feels it is just another important legislation so why this show off". "This is not done and acceptable", Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said.

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RJD chief Lalu Prasad announced today that his party will boycott the launch, claiming that the "Centre has changed it".

According to the original plan of the government, two former prime ministers H D Deve Gowda and Manmohan Singh were to share the dais with the President and the incumbent Prime Minister.

"I feel that they have no right to criticize our government's decision to hold midnight rollout".

He said he hoped "every political party will revisit and reconsider its decision and be a party to the launch of the massive reform". A Left leader said all sections are agitating and one can not turn it into an entertainment event when people are suffering.

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There, a few Congress leaders asked her for party's decision on attending the midnight session. "We can not celebrate when people are agitating", the Rajya Sabha member said. So far, more than three-quarters of the 8.1 million firms registered with the federal and state tax departments have enrolled with the GST Network, a massive IT back-end that will process up to 5 billion invoices a month. "How can the Prime Minister launch GST in the presence of the President?" There are serious apprehensions in the minds of people over GST's implementation.

He said the party supported the GST, but had left it to its MPs to decide whether they wanted to attend the event.

Meghwal said that Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra had given his consent at the GST Council meetings.

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Congress, RJD, DMK to skip GST rollout programme