Name GST Bill as 'Matoshri Bill'; Jayant Patil lambasts State govt

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Name GST Bill as 'Matoshri Bill'; Jayant Patil lambasts State govt

Without taking the name of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and criticizing the State government, former finance minister and senior NCP leader Jayant Patil has suggested the State government to name the bill no. 34 (GST) as Matoshri Bill. Patil, while taking part in the discussion on the GST in the Special Assembly Session, strongly criticized the Shiv Sena and the BJP by saying that the state finance minister had to go to the Matoshri to get the GST bill passed in the Assembly.

Patil further said that there is no harm in visiting the Matoshri for taking tea or meal but when state finance minister, along with his subordinates, visits the non-constitutional authority for getting the bill passed is very uncommonly. The chief minister must have not liked this, remarked Patil.

The former finance minister further said that it would have been better if the State government had guided authorities of all the municipal corporations across the state on the issue of GST. When Uddhav Thackeray spoke against GST, finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar approached him at Thackeray’s residence and gave a presentation there. Patil also targeted the chief minister by saying, “The chief minister was busy in counting the teeth of a tiger while BJP ministers seem to be more interested in the President’s election. They need the votes of Shiv Sena in President’s election and hence the BJP leaders do not want to hurt the Shiv Sena.”
When Shiv Sena MLAs objected to his statement, Jayant Patil clarified that he was talking about the strength of Shiv Sena. He expressed his sorrow on the way Mungantiwar talked about the greatness of Matoshri.

Patil also took a potshot at Shiv Sena by saying that the party should try to maintain the system in the city though it has failed to protect the interests of Marathi Manoos. The Sena and the BJP were fighting against each other in the BMC elections. The BJP has now assumed the role of a security guard of BMC. The CM should inform the House what caused him to change his mind, asked Patil while referring the BJP’s decision for not to stake claim for power in the BMC.
The Sena and the BJP MLAs were looking perplexed after the fiery speech of former finance minister Jayanat Patil.

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