"Nearly ninety percent of the the trading community, which is a major supporter of BJP, is against the government implementing VAT," said Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, party general secretary.
"Different organisations and cells related to the BJP have given their representation against the implementation of VAT, and we have sent these to the concerned ministries for their consideration", added Mr Naqvi.
However, despite these representations Union finance minister Jaswant Singh has refused to meet any trade cell or organisation in this regard and maintained the fact that he had taken the chief ministers of all states into confidence before taking the decision of implementing the new tax system.
Earlier on the March 25 the trade cell of the BJP had met to discuss the issue. "It was decided at the meeting that a detailed report on the problems faced by the traders be presented to party president Venkiah Naidu, who in turn is going to talk to the government," said Shyam Bihari Mishra, national convenor of the trade cell of the party.