Former Union ministers Anand Sharma and Jairam Ramesh pointed out how Narendra Modi, as the Gujarat Chief Minister, had opposed GST till 2014 and stalled the UPA government from implementing it on the originally planned date of April 1, 2010.
Anand Sharma added that GST, in its current form, is not the simple tax structure that was originally conceptualised, pointing out that it is “neither a perfect Bill nor a one-nation, one-tax legislation”.
The Congress-led UPA government had introduced many landmark legislations such as the Right to Information Act (RTI), the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, the Food Security Act and the Right to Education Act.
While the Trinamool Congress and the Left parties will also boycott the special Parliament session, other Opposition parties such as the Janata Dal (United) have “not issued a whip” to its MPs to attend the session.
Some, like the Nationalist Congress Party, were yet to announce their stand.