GST will ‘open old wounds’, says NC’s Sagar

Senior National Conference leader Ali Muhammad Sagar on Wednesday slammed the government over civilian killings and demolition of houses by government forces during gunfights in Kashmir.
GST will ‘open old wounds’, says NC’s Sagar
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Senior National Conference leader Ali Muhammad Sagar on Wednesday slammed the government over civilian killings and demolition of houses by government forces during gunfights in Kashmir.

"Civilians are being killed and houses demolished (during gunfights). Today the rule is being enforced through bullet," he said in the Assembly while participating in debate GST implementation.

Sagar said if a mainstream politician dies today, hardly 2,000 people participate in his funeral. But, he said, if a militant gets killed in a gunfight, 50,000 to two lakh people participate in his funeral and more than a dozen funerals are held for every slain militant.

"This is where the situation has reached today. What are we contributing to the society?" he asked, stating that Kashmir was a political issue.

Questioning the government's repeated assurances that it would ensure protection to J&K's fiscal autonomy and Article 370 while implementing the GST, Sagar reminded the treasury bench how New Delhi put in the "dustbin" the autonomy resolution that was passed by the Assembly with 2/3rd majority.

The NC leader said New Delhi has made "so many" promises with J&K, but the government of India hasn't fulfilled even one till date. "This (GST) is another erosion in the state's leftover autonomy and it is more dangerous," he said, opposing application of the new tax regime to the state.

He said J&K has already witnessed political erosion to its unique position over the years, but now the state would be "subjected to economic erosion."

He cautioned that implementation of GST would "open the old wounds" and the situation in the state could take a "dangerous turn".

RESOLUTION AMBIGUOUS: TARIGAMI

Earlier CPI (M) leader MY Tarigami said the resolution on GST was "ambiguous and lacks clarity."

"Government should have come out with a concrete proposal suggesting way forward on the basis of Section 5 of the Constitution of J&K, which provides residuary powers to our State Legislature" said Targami, while participating in the GST debate.

Tarigami said J&K enjoys a unique and special constitutional relationship with Union of India and the legislative powers of the State were different from other States. "So far as J&K is concerned, it has got residuary powers to legislate by virtue of Section 5 of its Constitution. The Section provides that the legislative power of the State extends to the matters except where Union Parliament has got powers to legislate. This will clearly indicate that except for those matters where Union List and Concurrent List of the Constitution of India are applicable to J&K, the other matters fall within the legislative competence of the State. By application of Constitutional Amendment, State has to surrender its powers to legislate on the services, which at present are being taxed through State's own legislations," he said.

In his speech PDP MLA Javed Beigh said if consensus wasn't reached on the GST issue, the state was heading towards a split. "If you make GST Jammu versus Srinagar versus Ladkah, then we are heading towards a split," he said.

Beigh said the Article 370 can't be eroded. "The Supreme Court has said it clearly that it can never happen. This (Article 370) is in the Agenda of Alliance also…the special status of the state will be protected," he said.

The legislator from Baramulla asked members to show respect when they talk about India. "Those who abuse the Indian parliament, the Prime Minister are not the well-wishers of Kashmir."

"Whatever we seek to achieve we can achieve it through Parliament only. Even Omar (Abdullah) sahab once said that whatever we will get, it will come from the Government of India and Indian Parliament," said Beigh 

In his speech PDP MLA Javed Beigh said that if consensus wasn't reached on the GST issue, the state was heading towards a split. "If you make GST Jammu versus Srinagar versus Ladkah, then we are heading towards a split," Beigh said.

Beigh said the Article 370 can't be eroded. "The Supreme Court has said it clearly that it can never happen. This (Article 370) is in the Agenda of Alliance also…the special status of the state will be protected," he said.

The legislator from Baramulla asked members to show respect when they talk about India. "Those who abuse the Indian Parliament, the Prime Minister are not the well-wishers of Kashmir."

"Whatever we seek to achieve we can achieve it through the Parliament only. Even Omar (Abdullah) sahab once said that whatever we will get, it will come from the Government of India and Indian Parliament," said Beigh.

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