Traders boy­cott Hooda’s protest call against GST

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protest call given by Congress lead­ers led by for­mer Haryana chief min­is­ter Bhupin­der Singh Hooda against im­po­si­tion of goods and ser­vices tax (GST) on cloth at­tracted sup­port of only a hand­ful of mer­chants at Shouri mar­ket — one of the largest whole­sale cloth mar­kets of Asia — in Rohtak, which is con­sid­ered Hooda’s strong­hold .

The ex-CM, along with his son and Rohtak MP Deep­en­der Hooda, had reached out to the cloth mer­chants to sup­port their de­mand of roll­back of the GST on tex­tiles.

How­ever, the as­so­ci­a­tion of the mar­ket boy­cotted the event ac­cus­ing Congress lead­ers of ful­fill­ing their po­lit­i­cal mo­tives in the name of op­pos­ing GST.

Ad­dress­ing a small gath­er­ing, Hooda main­tained he had op­posed the GST even when the Congress-led UPA was plan­ning to im­ple­ment it. “The plan chalked out by the Congress for GST was still much bet­ter. The BJP gov­ern­ment’s plan will lead to the re-emer­gence of the in­spec­tor raj in coun­try. Items such as diesel and petrol should come un­der the GST slab so they could get cheaper, not clothes,” Hooda said.

Deep­en­der, on the other hand, said he will boy­cott the spe­cial ses­sion of Par­lia­ment for GST launch if the con­cerns of the cloth mer­chants were not ad­dressed by then. The fa­ther­son duo was ac­com­pa­nied by Ra­jya Sabha MP Shadi Lal Ba­tra, Me­ham MLA Anand Singh Dangi and Kalanaur MLA Shakun­tala Khatak be­sides oth­ers.

The Shouri mar­ket re­mained shut on Thurs­day as part of the three-day na­tion­wide strike against the GST.

The mar­ket as­so­ci­a­tion main­tained they did not sup­port the protest call f Haryana Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent and Hooda’s po­lit­i­cal ri­val Ashok Tan­war as well.

MANOJ DHAKA/HT

For­mer Haryana chief min­is­ter Bhupin­der Singh Hooda dur­ing a protest in Rohtak on Thurs­day.

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