June 28, Thursday :The opposition Congress party on Thursday said it won’t attend the midnight GST launch programme which is slated to be held on June 30. The decision came after a high level meeting chaired by party’s Chief Sonia Gandhi.
While addressing at a press conference, former Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said “Our party will not participate in the midnight GST launch event on GST.”
Azad asserted “Midnight session of parliament was also held thrice to mark independence of India starting with August 15, 1947. Secondly in 1972, session was held on the occasion of silver jubilee and the third time it was for golden jubilee of our Independence.”
“Probably for BJP, the years 1947, 1972 and 1997 are not important as they did not take part in the freedom struggle,” Azad further added.
Targeting at Narendra Modi government , he said party why BJP is silent over issues such as farmers, Unrest in Kashmir , unemployment in the country, GDP fallout and so on.
Azad also alleged BJP and its chief ministers that they are not taking any action on these issues.
While party leader, Anand Sharma said that the “country is ill-prepared for roll out of GST”.
Earlier in a day, Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi told news agency ANI that the party has decided not to attend GST midnight session on June 30 in Parliament.
Soon after, the Congress decided not to attend GST launch, Communist Party of India also confirmed that it will also skip the mega event.
“They (the government) are doing it in a hurry without giving proper time,” CPI General Secretary Suravaram
Sudhakar Reddy said.
Prior to this, yesterday Trimool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said she will be skipping launch programme to mark protest against single tax regime.