BENGALURU/ JAMMU: Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal said on Sunday that the state of Jammu and Kashmir would roll out the GST in the next few days. “Jammu and Kashmir is the only state which failed to meet the June 30 deadline for the GST rollout. The new indirect tax regime will be implemented there in the next few days,” he told PTI on the sidelines of a GST-related event here.
Asked about the traders protesting in Srinagar, Goyal said that protests are sometimes politically motivated. He said the GST is good for people of Jammu and Kashmir.
In Jammu, Union minister Jitendra Singh said that the GST will be implemented in J&K in the next three to four days. He ruled out any difference between the BJP and the PDP on the issue.
The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) replied in the negative when asked whether the BJP had “surrendered” before the PDP on the issue of GST.
“All of us should be assured that the GST will soon be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir. There is no surrender. I have told you that the GST will be implemented very soon. It will be implemented in next 3 to 4 days,” he told reporters.
“It is not a question of the BJP, the PDP or the Congress. 125 crore people of this country are dictating us to be on the same page and there cannot be anything otherwise,” he said.
“Both the coalition partners are on the same page. There is no difference of opinion on the GST. There were hiccups raised by opposition parties for political consideration, but they have also realised that they cannot carry it forward. Now they are exposed,” he added.
Singh, the Lok Sabha MP from Udhampur, said that traders were already facing loss on account of non-implementation of GST in J&K. “The state government will take a call. Each day, there will be loss to the traders. We do not have any problem in implementation of the GST, but the opposition is creating hurdles,” he said.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting of the core group of the BJP, its state unit chief Sat Sharma said all party legislators will take part in the four-day special Assembly session starting from July 4.
“I feel that before 8th of July, the announcement will be made for implementation of GST in J-K. We have a clear stand on the GST,” he said.