Traders and merchants across India launch ‘Bharat Bandh’ against imposition of GST

Unions oppose excessive “tax slabs” and “complex process” under the GST system.

Traders and traders from India launched ‘Bharat Bandh’ against imposing the GST

Several major unions across the country on Friday will participate in strikes and protests stage against the imposition of the tax on goods and services from 1 July.

Unions oppose excessive “tax slabs” and “complex process” under the GST system, said the Hindu. Meanwhile, traders in Kanpur stopped the Jhansi Express while protesting against the GST, DNA reported.

Up to 40 New Delhi unions will give their support to the bandh throughout the country, said the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “On Friday, the set of representatives of the city of the main trade unions will compete in a demonstration in the Kashmere Gate market,” said National Commissioner Brijesh Goyal CTI.

The Bharatiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal, which represents about 17,000 associations and large retailers means, also called a days bandh to protest against the implementation of GST, says India.com.

Thursday, almost 50,000 textile Ahmedabad dealers closed their stores to obtain a 5% VAT exemption in the textile industry. Diamond traders and the textile industry in Surat had also observed a bandh. Leaders of the Gujarat Union had said that some three lakh merchants had received more support than the so-called statewide band.

Local traders in Agra protested to recite the Sundar Kand – part of Ramacharitmanas – “purify the mind and soul of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley,” said the International Business Times.

The reform of the GST will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the central hall with Parliament Speaker Pranab Mukherjee today at midnight.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has called on all opposition parties to boycott the GST launch and asked them to reconsider. “I hope all political parties will reconsider and review their decision,” he said. He also thanked the governments of the states for their cooperation in the implementation of the new fiscal regime.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu also appealed to those who ignored the launch. “I always ask Congress and other parties to boycott the event to reconsider GST. This is not a party function,” he said.

Congress called the midnight launch of an event out of advertising concern. However President Pranab Mukherjee welcomed the uniform tax and thanked Modi and Jaitley for pushing.

Several parties, including the Trinamool Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and Rashtriya Janata Dal boycotted the event in Parliament.

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