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Centre reaches out to Manmohan for special GST meet

The NDA has reached out to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and requested his presence at the midnight meeting of the GST Council.

A formal invitation to attend the special meeting of the GST Council on June 30 was delivered to the former PM by finance minister Arun Jaitley.

When contacted, Singh’s office confirmed the invite, but said the former PM has not confirmed his presence at the meeting so far.

Attempting a smoother implementation of GST — politically also — the government is now eager to get the opposition on board and this time, seek the former PM’s support for the government’s decision.

Even as the government makes its moves, however, a section of the opposition, after locking horns with the NDA over the presidential polls, is pushing to corner the government over the GST rollout and has suggested that they should keep away from the govermment’s special GST Council session.

Sources in the opposition parties indicated there is intense lobbying underway to attack the government on the alleged “hurried” implementation of the new tax regime, even if it is only a symbolic protest.

A meeting of the opposition is scheduled on the morning of June 28, when the opposition’s presidential candidate Meira Kumar files her nomination papers at 11am.


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