Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu was present at India Today’s Midnight Conclave to talk on the Goods and Services Tax where he said that this reform will seek a common national market, ‘One Nation, One Tax’ principle and urged the Congress party not to boycott the Special Session of Parliament to welcome the GST. “Please join. This is a combined effort. It is not an effort of a single party,” Naidu said.
Venkaiah Naidu appreciated Arun Jaitley for the commendable job he has done to pass the GST- right from meeting leaders of every political party to building consensus over GST and visiting every state. However, Naidu slammed the opposition parties for boycotting the midnight Parliament session. “The question is, are they opposing GST? Answer is no. Were they not consulted over GST? Answer is no. So, why are they boycotting it?,” asked Naidu. He also said, this political decision has been taken by each party.
On the question about West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s opposition to implement the GST, he said, “Mamata Banerjee is saying you propose, I oppose. I am saying, I propose, you oppose and let the House dispose.”
While answering a question, whether RERA (Real Estate Regulatory Agency) coupled with GST will bring transparency in the Urban Sector, Naidu said, “RERA with GST will definitely bring big relief to the house owners, there is no scope for evading anything in the GST, and in RERA the regulations are in such a way that no one can escape and if anything appears in the future, the government is ready to tackle all the situations.”
He further said that there may be some fiscal technological glitches, which can be addressed. “Let us not find excuses. When new rules are implemented, some problems may occur, which can be solved also.”
Anand Sharma, member of Congress party, who was also present at the event, said, “We have decided not to attend the special session of Parliament as the government is doing a ‘Self-Promotion’, a ‘publicity stunt’. Congress brought up the GST and the BJP always opposed it. Modi as CM always opposed GST.”
“The idea is great but still lacks implementation, I am worried if issues concerning on GST will not be resolved on time then it can be a huge mess. Government should re-think on the 28% tax slab, isn’t it too much? It may create a bigger grey market,” said Manish Sisodia.