After most opposition parties including the Congress decided to stay away from the special launch ceremony of the Goods & Services Act (GST), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reminded the parties of their responsibilities and asked them to reconsider their decision. Jaitley said that GST was passed with the support of many political parties and now they should also be there to participate in the launch ceremony. It may be recalled that Congress recently announced its decision to stay away from the GST launch ceremony. Other political parties such as left, BSP, SP, TMC, and DMK are also likely to stay away from the GST launch ceremony.
The Congress took the decision to boycott the GST launch ceremony because it believes that tax reforms should not be used for publicity purposes. The Congress thinks that GST is being used by BJP to gain political mileage. The Congress is also not happy about PM Modi launching GST. Congress said that it should be done by the President of India. Political pundits said that being present at the GST launch with BJP will send the wrong signals to the supporters of opposition parties. This is why most opposition parties are avoiding the GST launch.