BHUBANESWAR: Even as the stage is set for introduction of Odisha Goods and Services Tax Bill in the special session of the Assembly starting Thursday, the Opposition Congress on Wednesday decided to oppose the Bill if the proposed legislation is not in the interest of the State.
At a key strategy meeting of Congress MLAs in the Assembly chaired by Leader of Opposition Narasingh Mishra, it was decided to raise the concerns of public on the GST Bill and seek necessary amendments.
Expressing his displeasure at the Government for not circulating copies of the Bill among members of the Assembly, Mishra said, “We don’t know what is there in the Bill. We will play the role of a constructive Opposition and should not be seen as against GST legislation.”
“We will support the provisions which are in favour of the people and seek amendments which are not acceptable to us,” he added.
With brute majority of the ruling BJD and the BJP strongly in favour of the ‘one nation, one tax’ regime, passing of the proposed legislation is a foregone conclusion.