BJP upset with Mamata govt for not ratifying GST


Kolkata/New Delhi:

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said “paucity of time” and not politics had prompted her government to drop the GST bill from the agenda of the one-day special assembly session, but BJP is far from convinced. Refusing to buy the argument, senior BJP leader Sidharth Nath Singh accused the chief minister of political opportunism.

Bengal would have been the 11th state to ratify the constitutional amendment bill. In fact, it has been among the most vocal proponents of the GST regime and, as chairman of the empowered committee of state finance ministers, Amit Mitra has been at the forefront of the protracted GST negotiations with the Centre.

 But on Monday, Banerjee said: “This session was only for a day. And it had a packed agenda.”

Singh, who is also the party’s Bengal in-charge said: “After supporting the GST bill in Parliament, the Mamata government had listed it for discussion in the assembly on Monday and withdrawing it shows political opportunism. To claim that the Centre is crushing the federal structure is far from the truth.”

 He added: “Governance is not in the DNA of the West Bengal CM. Her allegations against the Centre are a blatant bid to divert attention from her non-performance.”

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