Goods, services tax issue being politicised: BJP

March 5th, 2011 - 8:27 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party Kolkata, March 5 (IANS) Criticising the Congress-led central government for “politicising” the issue of goods and services tax (GST), senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha Saturday questioned why budget 2011-12 was silent on it.

“What prevented the finance minister from introducing the GST in the budget? I was really expecting it,” he said.

“The BJP is committed to roll out GST in the country. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the BJP-ruled states are opposing the bill. This is not true. Uttar Pradesh is not a BJP-run state, but it is opposing the implementation of GST. So why are you bringing politics in the issue. This is not the process to (build) consensus,” Sinha said.

He was speaking at a session on “Union Budget 2011″, organised by the Bharat Chamber of Commerce here.

On the Bofors case, the former union finance minister said: “Had the government been more active then (Italian businessman Ottavio) Quattrocchi could not have walked free. The centre left no space for the court but to close the case.”

Paving the way for the end of the Rs.640 million kickbacks case, a Delhi court Friday accepted the CBI’s closure report seeking to drop all charges against Quattrocchi in connection with the 1986 Bofors gun deal.

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