Didi supports ‘pro-people’ GST despite differences with BJP

Kolkata : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said she supports the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill despite being politically opposed to the ruling BJP at the Centre because it is a pro-people bill.

“We are fighting for the GST. The reason we are fighting for it because it is one tax formulae, which will work for the industry. There would be one tax in place, instead of ten taxes and the work would be done,” Mamata said in her address to the industrialists.

“The people have been fed up with so many taxes and that is why we think it is a positive tax proposal,” she added.

The TMC supremo further said that her government is supporting the GST from 2009.

“With the implementation of this system, our industry will get good results and that is why we are in favour of this,” she added.

Mamata also instructed West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra, who is the chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers on GST, to ensure the passage of the bill soon.

“I am politically opposed to the BJP government. But it doesn’t mean I would block the passage for the pro- people bill,” she added. (ANI)