GST row: Won’t allow Govt to breach special status of JK, says NC

Lashing out at Finance Minister, Hasseb A Drabu over claiming that the Goods and Service Tax (GST) won’t infringe the special status of the state, the opposition National Conference (NC) Wednesday said that they won’ allow the government to infringe special status of JK.

“GST implementation at the cost of special status and fiscal autonomy of JK is unacceptable to the people,” Senior NC leader and former finance minister, Abdul Raheem Rather said addressing reporters here.

Rather was accompanied by Provisional President Nasir Aslam Wani, senior NC leader, Muhammad Shafi and spokesman, Junaid Matoo.

“Our party would oppose the implementation of GST in the Jammu and Kashmir tooth and nail if it infringes the special status and fiscal autonomy of the state,” said Rather.

He said that NC during the All Party Meeting convened by the state’s Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, urged the government to ensure the safety of special status and fiscal autonomy of the state should be ensured.

“The implementation of this law at the cost of special status and fiscal autonomy is unacceptable to the JK people,” he said.

Pertinently, the All Party Meeting was attended by the members of every political party during which the CM said that government is open to suggestions from all sections including political quarters and business class.

Rather further said that the strategy is being prepared to fight against the government’s move for the safety and security of the JK’s special status.

Lashing out at state’s Finance Minister, Dr Haseeb A Drabu over his statement wherein he had stated that the GST implementation wouldn’t infringe special status of JK, Rather said that I don’t know how the Finance Minister would ensure safety of JK’s special status after implementation of GST.

Saying that the people should have been aware about this law before two years, senior NC leader said that government has failed to come up with the expectations of people and has also failed to update people about the law at time.


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