Opposition National Conference (NC), which is opposing the GST in Jammu and Kashmir, today accused the government of working to "disempower the state and erode its special status."
The issue, along with various political matters, was discussed at a meeting of the NC's core group, the highest decision-making body of the party, here which was chaired by party president Farooq Abdullah.
The core group said "the PDP-BJP government in the state is working according to a pre-meditated plan to disempower the state and trample upon the aspirations of the people," party spokesman said.
It accused the state government of "complicity" in a plan to erode the state's special status guaranteed by Article 370 of the Constitution through the extension of the GST in its present form, he said.
The party had yesterday said it would not accept the new tax regime till adequate safeguards were put in place.
The Core Group meeting was attended by senior NC Leaders including NC general secretary Haji Ali Muhammad Sagar, Abdul Rahim Rather, Chaudhary Muhammad Ramzan, Mubarak Gul, Mian Altaf Ahmed, Muhammad Akbar Lone and provincial presidents Nasir Aslam Wani and Devender Singh Rana. PTI