Will engage opposition: Farooq

Opposition National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said his party would talk to opposition parties to chalk out the strategy to oppose GST in J&K which came into force from Friday midnight.
Will engage opposition: Farooq
Photo: Aman Farooq/GK

Opposition National Conference President Farooq Abdullah on Saturday said his party would talk to opposition parties to chalk out the strategy to oppose GST in J&K which came into force from Friday midnight.

"We will discuss the issue within the party leadership. We will also reach out to the opposition parties and leaders," Abdullah told media persons here.

The party's senior leader Abdur Rahim Rather said National Conference would take a "firm stand" on the matter. 

On July 6 Abdullah chaired party's Core Group meeting which had described the government resolution on GST as compromise with the special status of J&K.

The NC and other opposition parties including Congress, traders and civil society have opposed the GST arguing that the law would erode state's fiscal autonomy and dilute the state's special position.

Abdullah also defended his son and party working President Omar Abdullah for not speaking on the GST during the Legislative Assembly and boycotting final day of the session when the GST was passed by the House.

"His (Omar's) uncle and my brother-in-law (Dr Ali Muhammad Matoo) has been diagnosed with lung cancer and Omar had to accompany him to Mumbai hospital for treatment," Abdullah said.

He brushed aside the accusations that he had obliged United Jehad Council (UJC) supremo Syed Salahuddin by helping his son to shift from Jammu to Kashmir to study medicine.

"More such accusations will be levied against me in the coming days," he said.

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