HYDERABAD: Terming chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s decision to wage a legal battle against the Centre over GST issue as “childish”, three major opposition parties on Sunday saw ulterior motives in Rao’s sudden outburst at the Centre.
Congress leader Mohammed Ali Shabbir said the CM’s decision to move court against GST was another example for his political opportunism. “Just three days ago, KCR accused the Congress of moving courts and creating hurdles to state’s development.
But, now he is talking of taking Centre to court on GST issue. Probably, he is doing this to safeguard the interests of the contractors of irrigation projects,” he alleged.
Union labour minister and BJP veteran Bandaru Dattatreya too found fault with Rao’s stance. “The Centre has fixed GST rates for projects only after consulting states. Yet, KCR is trying to point an accusing finger at the Union government,” he said.
State BJP spokesman Krishna Saagar Rao recalled that TS had supported the GST bill in Parliament. “BJP doesn’t think that there will be loss to the state exchequer if GST is levied on ongoing projects. The losses being projected are purely fictitious calculations,” he said.
TDP leader A Revanth Reddy accused KCR of adopting double standards on GST. “When Centre proposed GST, KCR who hurriedly convened the Assembly session and ratified the GST bill without giving any scope to opposition parties to discuss its pros and cons. Now, he is speaking in a different voice,” Reddy said.