GST will not have any impact on the special status of JK, says BJP leader

Welcoming the extension of Goods and Services Tax (GST), to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Bhartiya Janata Party Monday said that the new tax regime has not eroded the special status of the state.

BJP’s State General Secretary (Organization) Ashok Koul said that special position of the Jammu and Kashmir has not been eroded due to implementation of GST.

“Implementing GST in Jammu and Kashmir is the success of PDP-BJP alliance. It was extended to the state after democratic deliberations and without eroding Article 370,” Koul told a local news gathering agency.

Koul, who is on a 15-day tour to the Valley, said that after implementation of GST, the next challenge is to create awareness about the advantages of the new tax regime among consumers.

“BJP had directed all its MLAs and MPs to create awareness of advantages of GST among people,” he said.

About the proposed cabinet reshuffle of BJP minister in the state, Koul said he does not have any information about it. “No such thing is on the cards as of now,” he added.

Koul said he is on a visit to the Valley to apprise people of the success and programmes that have been achieved by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government at the Centre.

He said that he was on a visit to Karnah in Kupwara today where people from Tanghdar raised the demand for construction of a tunnel at Sadhna.

“We will revise the proposal of the tunnel that was discussed by the Congress government,” Koul said.

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