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GST launch boycott by Congress and Trinamool unfortunate: Government

The PM had wished that the contribution of all parties and CMs be acknowledged and gratitude be expressed to them for the same,” a top government official told ET.

, ET Bureau|
Jun 30, 2017, 12.39 AM IST
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An official said that all decisions pertaining to GST were made through consensus and it was PM Modi's wish to thank everyone involved in passing GST with unanimity.
An official said that all decisions pertaining to GST were made through consensus and it was PM Modi's wish to thank everyone involved in passing GST with unanimity.
NEW DELHI: Terming the boycott of the goods and services tax launch function on Friday by Congress and Trinamool Congress as “unfortunate”, top government officials said these parties have failed to acknowledge the spirit of the reach-out effort made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself.

“It was on the PM’s insistence that as many as 155 letters were sent out in the signature of the minister of state for PMO Jitendra Singh on June 23, thanking all chief ministers, leaders of all recognised national and state parties as well as state chief secretaries for their cooperation in passing GST with unanimity.

The PM had wished that the contribution of all parties and CMs be acknowledged and gratitude be expressed to them for the same,” a top government official told ET.

A copy of the resolution passed by the Union Cabinet on June 22 to the same affect was also sent along with the letters to 30 CMs, 50 leaders of recognised national and state parties, 17 floor leaders of the parties in Rajya Sabha, 26 floor leaders of parties in Lok Sabha, 30 chief secretaries as well as to the secretary generals of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

“The GST will be launched from July 1, 2017. This is a momentous occasion and marks the culmination of many years of preparation. Such a gigantic task has been achieved with the cooperation of all state governments as well as political parties and other stakeholders,” said the letter written by MoS PMO Jitendra Singh.

He also requested the CMs to forward the copy of the Cabinet resolution to their Cabinet colleagues and all those who had contributed towards making GST a reality. Top government officials said that it was in the same spirit that the PM had decided that former PM Manmohan Singh be given a place of pride on the dais of the GST function in Central Hall on Friday night though he would not be speaking on the occasion.

Singh will not be attending the function after the Congress decision. “All GST decisions were by unanimity and even the July 1 rollout date was by consensus,” an official told ET.

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