New Delhi, Nov 10: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said thanks to the Gujarat assembly elections, the centre had been forced to heed advice of the Opposition and experts on flaws in implementation of the GST.
In a series of tweets, Senior Congress said finance ministers from Congress-ruled states have written a letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley highlighting the “structural flaws in the design and roll out of the single tax adding, representatives from party-ruled states will “force changes” to the indirect tax regime in meeting.
“Expect a shower of changes in GST rates from GST Council meeting today. Panic-stricken govt has no option but to concede demands for change”, he added.
Expect a shower of changes in GST rates from GST Council meeting today. Panic-stricken govt has no option but to concede demands for change.
— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) November 10, 2017
Chidambaram also accused the BJP-led central government of pushing the GST bill through the Rajya Sabha without a debate.
“Government avoided debate and voting in Rajya Sabha on GST Bills. Now, they cannot avoid a debate in public domain or in the GST Council”, Congress leader asserted.
The 23rd meeting of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting is underway in Guwahati under the chairmanship of Union Finance Arun Jaitley.