Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh will not be attending the GST launch event at midnight on Friday, June 30th.
The government has invited Dr Manmohan Singh and another former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda to share stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and president Pranab Mukherjee.
Mr Deve Gowda has confirmed he will attend.
The Congress has decided not to attend the GST midnight session on June 30th.
The Congress, they said, had brought in historic reforms but never celebrated them this way. “This midnight spectacle is ignoring harsh realities of society, intolerance, farmers issues which cannot be ignored. Congress cannot be party to such a tamasha (drama), publicity gimmick…we won’t be party to publicity for a mere tax policy,” Anand Sharma said.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said “the opposition must now display broad shoulders and own up this decision.”
“The GST Council was a perfect experiment in a federal institution where 31 state governments and the centre together took hundreds of decisions and each one of them by consensus. There has never been this exercise of this kind of political consultations and political consensus in bringing the GST. Those who have been party to the consultation and decision-making process must also accept that this is not a decision of the central government but is equally a decision of the 31 states and Union Territories which have been party to this,” the minister said.
Arun Jaitley said today, “is committed to the GST as to any other reform process because we believe this is probably the single largest reform in India in 70 years.”