Mamata: GST is an epic blunder, will skip roll-out event

RSTV Bureau
Kolkata: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at a press conference at Chief Minister's office at Nabanna, Howrah, Nov 21, 2016. Photo - PTI

File photo of TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. Photo – PTI

Trinamool Congress will skip the GST roll-out event in Parliament scheduled on June 30 midnight.

West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee called GST roll-out another “epic blunder” by the Centre. She also said the Centre was in an “unnecessary hurry” to roll it out.

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

“We are deeply concerned about GST implementation. After #demonetisation, this unnecessary disastrous hurry is another epic blunder of the Centre”, she wrote on Facebook.

“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…Our repeated suggestions to take some more time to properly implement GST have fallen on deaf ears. The entire business community, especially the small and medium ones, are scared and confused…Only 60 hours are left before this ill-planned launch and no one knows for sure what’s happening!”, she said.

“Essential commodities such as medicines are not available in many places and prices of various commodities are rising for lack of clarity and mismanagement”, she said.

Taking a dig at the BJP, she said, “The current ruling party at the Centre had initially strongly opposed GST for over 7 years and suddenly did a somersault on coming to office as a champion of GST”.

According to Banejee the economy was not yet ready for GST roll out.

The 3-day strike declared by the textile industries in the country was evidence of “our deep concerns on the lack of preparedness,” she said.

“We feel, at least six months will further be necessary to notify all rules and procedures and give enough time to the stakeholders, particularly the small and medium enterprises to successfully implement the GST…Otherwise, a chaotic situation may arise in our vast economy for which the Government of India will be primarily responsible”, she added.

(With inputs from PTI)