There should be no politics on GST launch, says Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

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New Delhi: On Tuesday Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asked Congress to abstain from indulging in politics over GST introduction, conveying all decisions with respect to the new tax regime were taken collectively by the GST committee.

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He further conveyed that, the GST board is the initial federal institution which is managed by the Union finance minister and has spokespersons from all states. From the midnight of June 30-July 1 from the Central Hall of Parliament, administration is preparing to introduce Goods and Services Tax (GST).

President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha representatives Sumitra Mahajan will be there, down with associates of Parliament. Finance Minister has previously invited past Prime ministers Manmohan Singh and H D Deve Gowda to be present at the event. When asked regarding the Congress party being non-committal of attending the event, Jaitley conveyed that, I don’t know what they will do.

All decisions regarding GST were taken jointly and we want the introduction programme to reflect the communal nature of our polity. Minister further added that GST is for the whole nation and all parties in Parliament have supported GST Constitutional Amendment Act. Jaitely further added that, in Parliament every political party supported GST and then the committee was set up.

GST Council is the initial federal institution where every decision was taken by agreement. No decision was taken on the basis of UPA Vs NDA, or on the basis of politics. All decisions were taken viewing the benefits to the nation. Yesterday AICC chief representatives Randeep Surjewala conveyed that the Congress was considering whether to attend the assembly and optional that it had not given any concrete pledge to the administration on its contribution.

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Surjewala have also further conveyed that, the Congress party is investigating different aspects of the issue, counting the manner the GST is being implemented causing harassment to the common people, the unorganized sector and small businessmen.

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