J&K will be benefitted most by GST: BJP

Protests Against GST in sopore

Ruckus in Jammu and Kashmir assembly over GST bill, Engineer Rasheed marshalled out

Independent MLA Engineer Rashid, who was protesting against the GST Bill inside the Assembly had to be marshalled out of the House.

J&K, the only state which failed to meet the June 30 deadline for the GST roll-out, is likely to clear the legislation on the indirect tax regime during the ongoing special session of the Assembly.

The implementation of the GST is being debated at a four-day special session of the legislature that began earlier on Tuesday.

"Presently, we are allowing taxes in tourism in Kashmir and industry in Jammu region, " the Deputy Speaker said, adding that "once we surrender our powers under GST, we can not do anything even if we would like to help these industries".

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. The Finance Minister said Jammu and Kashmir has a special place in the Constitution of India, and there is a set procedure for extending Constitutional Amendments to the State. However, the journalists ended the boycott after the Speaker apologised and allowed them to carry cameras inside the House. 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.

"We are on brink of history and posterity will judge us all on what we say today while we are here to safeguard the special status of J&K", he said.

Imran retorted back saying, "I can lynch you here".

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.

PDP MLA Javid Beg reacted sharply to Rashid's statement followed by BJP members demanding Rashid's suspension.

Meanwhile, moderate separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has extended full support to programmes of to JKCC to oppose implementation of GST in the State.

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