Srinagar: Equating it with a blank cheque, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has termed the resolution passed in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly for the implementation of GST a ‘sham’.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the National Conference working president also said that the resolution lacked clarity on constitutional safeguards for the state.
“With absolutely no clarity of what ‘constitutional safeguards’ the BJP-PDP government in J&K has agreed with the centre, the sham resolution passes,” Omar twitted.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly adopted a resolution for implementing GST in the state despite protests by the NC and the Congress, the opposition parties in the legislature.
Omar said the J&K government was only indulging in theatrics while it had already made up its mind to implement the new tax regime.
He questioned in a tweet: “As expected, the govt reply was full of hyperbole & devoid of substance. The BJP-PDP Govt had decided to apply GST so why the theatrics.”
This is what I’d said yesterday & the resolution, bereft of specifics, is exactly the blank cheque that I’d foreseen.”
The resolution, moved by state Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, was adopted through a presidential order calling on New Delhi to safeguard the special status and exclusive taxation powers of the state.