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Demonetisation: Mamata Banerjee asks colleagues to raise objections over GST implementation

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is on warpath with Prime Minister Narendra Modi over demonetisation and apparently, she is not missing any chance to attack him. Now, the Goods and Service Tax, due in April 2017, seems to be the latest casualty of demonetisation. Evidently, the fifth GST council meeting held on 2-3 December remained "inconclusive" . This is for the fifth time when the all-powerful council could not reach a consensus on the "dual control" issue. Sources in Trinamool ranks confirmed that Banerjee has instructed her colleagues in Parliament and in the GST council to raise objections over the implementation of the new tax regime saying, the country would not be able to bear two consecutive financial shocks--demonetisation and GST. Political observers feel that Banerjee is emerging as the alternative Opposition to Modi in the national political scenario. And with that in mind, GST is set to be next battleground for the two. For Banerjee, it’s her lieutenant, Bengal finance minister Amit Mitra who seems to be taking the GST war to Delhi. A day before the GST council meeting, Mitra hinted that meeting the deadline of April, 2017 is a near impossible situation following the demonetisation. “The Centre should get their arithmetic correct. The investment in the country is anyway in bad shape. How the country will absorb the shock of such consecutive steps?"asked Mitra Significantly, Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress is adamant on getting dual control, only for those , whose turnover is more than Rs 1.5 crore.

Trinamool Congress always thinks for the small and medium enterprises. How they would survive, if there is a dual control? And with these issues being unresolved, here comes the demonetisation. it is double whammy,” he added. After the fifth GST council meeting, Mitra sounded even more disappointed. "This is the fifth time , the council failed to reach a consensus on dual control. It would be discussed again in the sixth meeting scheduled on December 11. Moreover, we are now finding many issues, that were not discussed earlier, " Mitra told ET.

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