NEW DELHI: In a fresh setback to the Narendra Modi government’s plans to bring the GST bill at the earliest, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress which had said that it will support the bill, has found reasons to oppose it in its present form.
West Bengal chief minister Banerjee’s contention, sources said, is that the Centre has unilaterally changed a clause without consulting with the states. The TMC leadership has accused the Centre of going back on its commitment to have small business establishments which have a turnover of Rs 1.5 crore or less paying their taxes only to the state and those with more than Rs 1.5 to pay taxes to the states as well as to the Centre.
This, the Bengal government feels was decided at the last meeting on GST held in Kolkata, but sources say, the CM is upset that the Centre has now taken different stand and in the present bill is saying that if the states have to take the entire taxes of small business, the taxes from the big businesses should go entirely to the Centre or have both states and Centre share the taxes of both the categories of establishments. This, Banerjee feels, is against the interest of states and would also amount to harassment to small business establishments.
Hence, while having declared earlier that TMC would support the government on the GST bill, the West Bengal government has decided to oppose in its present form. Anyway Banerjee, who is in Delhi on Tuesday and has sought time with the Prime Minister during her stay here, has been complaining about the Modi government’s tendency to take unilateral decisions that are concerned with the state, without consulting them.
-source:- http://timesofindia.indiatimes. com/india/Trinamool-opposes-GST-bill-in-its-present-form/articleshow/53404090.cms