GST implementation ‘biggest slap’ on separatists: BJP
Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday said implementation of Goods and Services Tax regime in J&K would be a "biggest slap on separatist forces" in Kashmir.
"The GST would be a biggest slap on separatists who don't consider Kashmir as an integral part of India," said BJP's state president Sat Sharma while taking part in discussion over the GST in the Assembly.
He made the remarks before the House adopted a resolution seeking implementation of GST in the state by applying the Constitution 101st Amendment Act 2016 to J&K.
Pertinently, Opposition parties, separatists and Kashmiri businessmen have been opposing the GST regime, saying that "it infringes on J&K's residual political autonomy and its special powers to legislate on financial matters."
The BJP lawmaker said application of GST would "strengthen nationalist forces across India." "There cannot be two tax regimes in one country," he said.
BJP's national general secretary and point-man on Kashmir Ram Madhav took to social networking site Twitter after the J&K Assembly adopted the resolution on implementation of GST. "GST Bill passed in J&K Assembly. Whole country under GST now. One Nation One Tax," Madhav tweeted.