New Delhi, June 30: The opposition parties are likely to boycott the today midnights function in Parliament for the rolling out of GST. Congress, Left, RJD, SP, TMC, DMK announce will not attend the event in protest. However, the JDU has decided to participate. The government has invited former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to share the dais with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Briefing media, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, Congress is not opposed to GST per se, but the BJP is blowing the event out of proportion. He said no function other than those related to country's independence have been held in Central Hall of Parliament at midnight so far.
CPI leader D Raja said that his party will not take part in the meeting in view of protest by small and medium scale entrepreneurs, traders, and informal sector workers on the way the GST is being implemented. CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said, he will not attend the midnight meeting.
Speaking to media in Ranchi, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad alleged that the function is like some earlier programme of NDA government which has no merit.
The Samajwadi Party has termed the GST as black law. Party`s General Secretary Naresh Agrawal today alleged at Safai in Etawah that instead of benefitting the country, GST will drag the trading community down to slavery.
DMK spokesperson and MP TKS Elangovan said, the party views the function to launch the GST regime as a publicity blitzkrieg and therefore is keeping away from it.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had yesterday announced that her party, Trinamool Congress will not attend the GST roll-out programme.
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has appealed to political parties bycotting the midnight launch function of GST to reconsider their decision. Talking to media Jaitley said, the landmark indirect tax reform is a result of joint decisions and they cannot run away from it now.
Jaitley said, GST which will unify a dozen state and central levies to weave India into one market, is the biggest tax reform since the Independence. He said, the government remains committed to GST adding that it will benefit both economy and the country. Notably government will organize a 1-hour function late on June 30 to officially launch GST. The event held in Central Hall of Parliament.