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Opposition protests against GST in Parliament, demands urgent debate

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New Delhi: Opposition MPs in the Parliament were seen protesting against the new GST rates that came into effect on July 18.

The Monsoon session of the Parliament began on Monday.

“This morning in the Rajya Sabha the Opposition led by the Congress demanded an URGENT debate on price rise and senseless GST rates on food items. This was denied. The House was adjourned till 2pm. Modi Sarkar’s obstinacy continues. Business in Parliament is suffering,” tweeted Congress leader Jairam Ramesh.

Responding to Sitharaman’s claim that all parties were present and had been consulted, he said that a West Bengal minister who had attended the meeting said it was conducted virtually and that the FM had not met anyone in person or “consulted each other”.

He said it was “cruel to raise tax rates when CPI inflation is over 7%, WPI inflation is over 15%, unemployment is high, the rupee is depreciating, the current account deficit is widening and inflation is expected to rise world-wide”.

AAP MP Sanjay Singh gave an adjournment notice in the Rajya Sabha for discussion on the GST increase.

The Opposition leaders have been demanding a rollback of the increase in GST rates on edible item

 

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