Modi opposed GST when he was Gujarat CM: Yechury

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CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury with party leaders Tammineni Veerabhadram and B.V. Raghavulu at the inaugural of the party’s two-day State-level meeting of the party at Sangareddy on Sunday

CPI (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury has expressed concern over the threats posed to the federal fabric of the country ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over the reins.

Mr. Yechury who was here to participate in the party’s State committee meeting said the proposed Goods and Services Tax Bill was one such legislation where the States’ rights on imposition of taxes were being curtailed. “Planning Commission is replaced with NITI Aayog, which has no powers.

The recommendation of Planning Commission to allot 10 per cent of the funds to North-East States is not honoured.

Despite repeated invitations, Mr Modi has not attended the meeting of North-Eastern council in which Chief Ministers of eight States are members,” he said adding that even Mr. Modi was opposed to the GST Bill for six years when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. There was no clarity on whether the Prime Minister had discussed with the Chief Ministers on the proposed legislation.

Party leader B.V Raghavulu was also present.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/modi-opposed-gst-when-he-was-gujarat-cm-yechury/article7931452.ece

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