June 28, Thursday : Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday urged opposition parties to reconsider their decision on boycotting midnight GST launch event at the Parliament Central Hall which is going to take place in less than 48 hours.
While explaining the importance of the single tax regime, Jaitley told media that all the decisions related to GST — including rules and tax rates — were taken in consultation with the states, political parties must showcase broad shoulder and own up to their responsibility.
“I hope every political party will reconsider and revisit their decisions and be a part of the launch of a giant reform to which they have been themselves privy to,” he added.
“Symbolic boycotts are not evidence of any kind of disassociation from these decisions. As far as the government is concerned, it remains committed to the GST as to any other reform process because we believe this is probably the single most important taxation reform in the last 70 years. And I am sure it will prove beneficial both to the economy and the country itself,” Jaitley said.
The Congress, the DMK, the TMC and the RJD have already announced their decision to skip the GST roll-out programme at the Central Hall of Parliament taking place at midnight on Friday.
Left parties also followed the footsteps and decided to stay away from the midnight event.