Srinagar, July 6: Politicians of the Jammu and Kashmir’s opposition shout their lungs out to oppose Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the Legislative Assembly but on the other hand they have already registered their business under the new tax regime.
Former finance minister of J&K and Senior National conference leader Abdul Rahim and National conference legislator Devinder Singh Rana, who is strongly opposing GST in Kashmir has already got all his business in Jammu registered under the GST.
The Hurriyat leaders, who are indulged in anti-national activities, termed the adoption of Goods and Services Tax as an assault on the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
"The leadership extends its support to it for dealing with this matter," the statement issued by Chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and JKLF chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik.
It said "the concerns" expressed by the committee should be addressed by the authorities before any move to implement the law is taken, which will otherwise force people to resist it.
Hurriyat have been fueling the separatist’s agenda in Jammu and Kashmir, and are being alleged of funding the miscreants and inciting the youth to conduct violent acts in the conflict-ridden state. There have also been reports of ISI funding the Hurriyat leaders to sustain their agendas.
Notably, Jammu and Kashmir Assembly adopted a resolution for implementing the GST in the state by voice vote, amid protests by the National Conference and Congress. It was the only state left to implement the GST after all other states did so on first of July.
The resolution moved by state Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu yesterday called for a presidential order to safeguard the special status and exclusive taxation powers of the state. Moving the resolution he said, Article 370 of the constitution is not compromised in any way through this presidential order.
State’s Finance Minister Dr. Haseeb Drabu said Goods and Services Tax in J&K will be under the ambit of Article 370. He assured adequate safeguards for the State’s Special Status and protecting Consolidated Fund and special taxation powers of the State Government saying all that is proposed to be incorporated into the Presidential Order for bringing J&K under the ambit of the new tax regime.