Congress party decided to boycott GST session: Venkaiah Naidu

Vastavam web: It is “unfortunate” that the Congress party decided to boycott tomorrow’s midnight GST session, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said, claiming “sooner or later it will repent” for its decision to do so.On Congress describing the session as “grand self- promoting tamasha”, the information and broadcasting minister said “it is a silly, cheap comment” which “need not be replied to in detail”.Stating that Goods and Services Tax (GST) is “not a sudden innovation” of the NDA or the BJP, Naidu stressed that the process for the “revolutionary taxation” system was initiated in 2000.

He said Finance Minister Arun Jaitely has talked a number of times with all political parties on GST and all had extended their support to it.”I feel they have no issues. They are having dearth of issues. That is why they have invented this…they are giving no reason for it also…I am sure, they will sooner or later repent besides paying a heavy price for the same,” he said.On Congress statement that midnight events in Parliament had always been linked to India’s freedom, Naidu said Central Hall is the “center of activity of democracy” in which various decisions are taken.”It is a symbolic and solemn event reflecting the historic nature of the occasion of launch of transformative GST regime, for realization of which efforts have been made for over a decade,” he added.

Stressing that NDA government or the BJP never tried to take credit for launch of GST, Naidu said even the prime minister has been “telling that it a collective effort by all parties”.On West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s reported criticism that Modi was not doing enough on cow vigilantism, Naidu said, “she is doing lip service to the reforms and opposing it (session on GST roll out).” On All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Asaduddin Owaisi’s criticism, he said, “What credential does the fundamentalist have? Do we need a certificate from him? The prime minister said the right thing”.Naidu said these problems were “not generated today” and have been there in the society from so many years.