Sena may oppose GST if BMC loses its autonomy: Uddhav Thackeray

 Mumbai
Sena may oppose GST if BMC loses its autonomy: Uddhav Thackeray

Clearly indicating opposition to the implementation of the GST, Shiv  Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday said that his party would  reconsider its stand if the BMC needs to approach the government for  financial help.

Thackeray severely criticized the BJP during party  MLAs and corporators meeting held on Thursday at Shiv Sena Bhavan. He  made it clear that his party would strictly analyse the implementation  of GST and if the BMC may lose its autonomous status then Sena would  reconsider its stand.

“The BMC will lose its revenue in the form of  octroi after GST comes into force. The State government that receives  funds from the Central government will have to allocate funds to the  municipal corporation. Hence, Sena ministers and MLAs should take proper  stand and follow up during the Assembly session to be held for the  GST,” said Thackeray.

The State government has convened a special  assembly session to pass GST bill in the Legislature and the government  needs support of Sena to clear this bill. Now, it would be interesting  to see what stand Sena would take during this special session.
Meanwhile,  the security of Mumbai may be at stake as vehicles entering the city  used to be checked at octroi posts. After GST comes into force, these  octroi posts will be closed and hence vehicles would not be checked  before entering the city.

Shiv Sena has demanded that State  government should take a clear stand on the security concerns of Mumbai  before implementing the GST.

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