More states oppose Centre’s choices to satisfy GST shortfall

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 2

The Centre’s try of offering two choices to present again states their GST dues didn’t take off after extra Opposition chief ministers wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi whereas the BJP-ruled states of UP, Gujarat and Bihar have sought an extension of 1 week’s deadline to submit their preferences.

On Wednesday, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and West Bengal’s Mamata Banerjee wrote to the PM asking him to not go forward with plans of transferring GST compensation burden on states. They additionally talked about the dire straits of state funds due to an enormous income shortfall.

Earlier, the CMs of Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu had written to the PM whereas the Chattisgarh CM had written to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Besides, Punjab, Maharashtra and Rajasthan have additionally expressed their opposition.

Kerala prompt a 3rd possibility which entailed the Centre borrowing the complete quantity on their behalf and the states extending the cess to recoup the quantity.

The states have additionally toyed with the choice of approaching the Supreme Court however wish to first exhaust the political choices of approaching the PM in addition to discussing the problem once more on the subsequent GST Council assembly on September 19.

Mamata Banerjee accused the PM of undermining federalism and directed her get together to carry three rounds of protest for the withholding of dues.

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