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.