Sonia leads 7 CMs to tackle govt over GST dues, examination row

Special GST Council assembly at this time

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 26

Two days after surviving a problem to her management within the get together, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi was again in motion at this time as she obtained chief ministers of seven states dominated by non-NDA events to pledge unity in opposition to the Centre on problems with GST dues and the conduct of JEE (Main) and NEET-UG.

Refusal to pay dues quantities to betrayal

Centre hasn’t paid the necessary GST compensation of 14% to states. This refusal is nothing in need of betrayal. — Sonia Gandhi, Congress Chief

Testing instances: An NSUI member throughout a protest in New Delhi in opposition to the federal government resolution to carry NEET, JEE and different exams. PTI

In stark distinction to Monday when she sat frigidly by means of a Congress Working Committee assembly that trashed a letter few leaders had earlier written looking for a “visible party chief”, Sonia wore an easy look at this time. She allowed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to conduct the digital assembly even when the latter saved saying, “But you are the senior leader, you should conduct the meeting.”

Punjab watching Rs 25ok crore deficit

We all should meet the Prime Minister. How will states run if the Centre doesn’t pay us? — Capt Amarinder Singh, Punjab CM

In the tip, the CMs of Maharashtra (Uddhav Thackeray), Jharkhand (Hemant Soren) and 4 Congress-ruled states (Punjab’s Capt Amarinder Singh, Rajasthan’s Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh’s Bhupesh Baghel and Puducherry’s V Narayanasamy) unanimously agreed to the necessity of submitting a petition within the apex courtroom for evaluation of an earlier order rejecting the postponement of the JEE and NEET-UG.

Distribute catastrophe funds to states

Give states cash from catastrophe funds — Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal CM

Mamata and Capt Amarinder led the demand for pressing authorized recourse on exams after Sonia stated the Centre was coping with the difficulty “very uncaringly”. Capt Amarinder cited the rising Covid infections in Punjab to argue that even UGC’s exams must be postponed.

Sonia earlier slammed the Centre for not paying the necessary GST compensation of 14 per cent for the present yr to states, noting, “This refusal is nothing short of betrayal by the government.” All CMs on the meet agreed to collectively petition the President and the PM on the difficulty and vociferously demand cost of dues in tomorrow’s GST Council convention.

The assembly at this time helped lay floor for opposition unity with Sonia explaining its timing, “Parliament is expected to meet in three weeks. I thought we should have this interaction so that we have a coordinated approach.”

The assembly occurred in a relaxed setting with Sonia principally listening besides to say “I agree”, when Mamata, Soren and Uddhav pressed for “opposition unity against the Centre and its agencies”.

“We must meet more often and not just when there is a crisis. If we are united, even crisis will fear us. Let us decide whether we will fight the Centre or fear it,” stated Uddhav whereas Mamata earlier stated the federal government was utilizing its companies to intimidate the Opposition.

Sonia earlier termed National Education Policy 2020 a “setback for progressive, secular and scientific values”, saying “it should worry us”.

The Punjab and Chhattisgarh governments have fashioned committees to check the NEP and its monetary and common affect on the states.

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