NC holds meeting to discuss the tax law
Srinagar: National Conference on Thursday warned Jammu and Kashmir government against any “misadventure” on the issue of GST implementation. The party said it would fight “tooth and nail” to prevent the dilution of J&K’s fiscal autonomy.
Addressing a meeting of the party’s provincial committee, NC’s provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani said, “Confusion on GST was a deliberate ploy to distort the reality and implement the regime in a covert, clandestine manner.”
Wani cautioned the PDP-BJP coalition against undertaking any decision that would cause harm to the J&K’s fiscal and political autonomy.
“We met the Governor and also put our stand forward in the all-party meeting. National Conference will not allow the implementation of the GST regime in its present form through the application of constitutional amendment 101 to the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” Wani said in a statement issued here on Thursday.
“Such a step would not only dilute the J&K’s fiscal autonomy, but would also deem irrelevant the state legislature and state cabinet as far as the question of taxation is concerned.”
Mohammad Akbar Lone, another senior NC leader, said the state government was dishonest and was trying to peddle lies and half-truths on the GST issue. “The PDP-BJP government has made up its mind that it wants to dilute the state’s fiscal autonomy to please the powers that be in New Delhi. The pretence of trying to seek feedback and consensus when ads have already been issued in local papers asking businessmen to register under GST exposes the dishonesty and malice of the state government,” Lone said.