Calling for quick implementation of the GST, TMC MP Derek O’Brien today said that his party has consistently supported GST right from 2009 till now. “Mr Chidambaram made the point that his party is for the idea of GST. Of course we are also for the idea of GST. But, only having an idea is no good,” Derek O’Brien said. “We are for the implementation of GST. Mr Chidambaram also made an important point about the triangle. And the triangle has to be decided between the Finance Minister, the states and the people. Yes sir, we have to tell the Congress that we also believe that, that’s where you have to find the solution. But the difference between Congress and us, is that we believe that the bottom of the triangle is the people,” the TMC MP added.
Not agreeing with Chidambaram’s demand for capping the standard rate of GST at 18%, Derek O’Brien said, “All of us are on the same page on this. 18% cannot go into the Constitutional Amendment. You (Congress) spent every minute of the select committee stopping it. The empowered committee of FMs, with 21-22 ministers is unanimous that you cannot have the 18% either in the Constitutional Amendment or GST Bill,” he said.
Joking about the “ping-pong match” between BJP and Congress on the GST, Derek O’Brien said, “I have good news for BJP, I checked up and came across five countries where elections were held within two years of GST. The government won those elections. The bad news is that there are many countries where the government lost as well. So to the BJP and Congress, I would like to say that don’t let elections come in the way of GST, let’s implement it.” “GST can be interpreted as the Girgit Samjhota tax,” he said.
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He concluded by saying, “I would like to end by talking about a boy in class 10th, at Xaviers school in Delhi…he was in class 10th round about the time when the GST concept was first introduced in 2005. Today that boy is winning us a match in West Indies…I am talking about Virat Kohli. And there are millions of young Virat Kohlis across the country who are looking at us today and for their sakes and for the sakes of India tomorrow, we need to deliberate, we need to debate, we need to legislate and we need to implement this GST. The faster we do it, the better.”