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

J&K Coordination Committee formed to oppose GST

Srinagar- Noisy scenes by the opposition in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly on Tuesday forced the Speaker to adjourn the House twice as the lawmakers took up the discussion on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) implementation.

Jammu and Kashmir is the only state which is yet to implement the GST, which came into force in the rest of the country on July 1.

"The special session of assembly has been called to introduce GST in J&K".

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.

The statement said, " Er Rasheed said that the GST crisis issue has exposed Indian claims that J&K is India's integral part, as had it been so easy then they could have implemented GST directly on J&K, and it is ample proof that J&K is not India and India is not J&K, nor is J&K like any other state of India". The opposition charged the ruling PDP and BJP of eroding Article 370 by implementing GST in the State in the present form.




An Official spokesman said here this morning that as has been conveyed to the Information Department by the authorities concerned, no journalist will be allowed to carry video, still camera or mobile inside the Press Gallery of the State Legislature for the coverage of the special session recommencing here today. "I can lynch you here", he said. "GST would only ensure prosperity for the consumers, traders and businessmen in the Valley".

Irked by the repeated disruptions, PDP MLA Javid Hassan Beig entered into a heated argument with Mr. Rashid.

"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. An enraged Rashid tried to storm the Well of the House.

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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