Published: Wed, July 05, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Police break up traders' anti-GST sit-in in Srinagar

Police break up traders' anti-GST sit-in in Srinagar

However, later in the afternoon media ended the boycott after Speaker Kavinder Gupta apologised and assured that gag on electronic media would not be repeated.

Opposition National Conference (NC) and Congress have already criticised the decision to ban live coverage of the proceedings in both the Houses. The minister had said that there were "hiccups" raised by opposition parties for "political consideration" and that the non-implementation of GST will lead to losses for local industry and traders.

BJP's assertion came after the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly witnessed ruckus on the first day of the four-day Special Session. The government missed the June 30 deadline to pass the GST in the state assembly. However, with such scenes inside and outside the House, it will be a challenge for the PDP-BJP government in the state to get all parties on board for GST.

"This House resolves that the Government of Jammu and Kashmir may give consent to the adoption of the GST regime by application of relevant amendments made to the Constitution of India in a modified manner to safeguard the existing special constitutional position of Jammu and Kashmir in the Union of India and the legislative powers under the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir", the resolution moved by Drabu states.

Drabu told members that it was is in the interest of J&K to shift to the new tax regime to protect the interests of the State and all stakeholders.

Mirwaiz condemned the highhandedness of the state against the protesting traders and members of JKCC by arresting them and foiling their peaceful protest.He said it is deplorable that every move to raise our voice on any matter is met with force and repression. Imran also accused senior NC leader and former Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather of having obtained a GST number for his son's business firm.

Under the banner of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), traders from different parts of the Valley, particularly Srinagar assembled outside high security Civil Secretariat area. "The NC would have taken the decision about their role on GST in the House". They (government) should not do it (implement GST in its present form).

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