Ruckus in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly over GST, staffer fall unconcious

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The scuffle took place after MLA Engineer Rashid clashed with the Bharatiya Janata Party members against the imposition of the GST bill, following which, Rashid was supported by the Opposition party. The House has been adjourned till 2:30 pm.

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) July 04: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said Jammu and Kashmir will be most benefitted by the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Meanwhile, Police detained several traders after they tried to march towards the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly to protest the implementation of GST in the state in its present form.

Jammu and Kashmir is the only state left to join the GST regime. Terming the GST as "Government Saving Tax", JKPCC Chief, G A Mir on Monday said that PDP-BJP government is trying every bid to implement the law here to save their chair. Earlier, PDP had sought self-rule and representation from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir when it was in power with Congress between 2002 and 2008 and subsequently in Opposition, during the tenure of Omar Abdullah-led NC-Congress coalition government.

An Official spokesman said here this morning that as has been conveyed to the Information Department by the authorities concerned, no journalist will be allowed to carry video, still camera or mobile inside the Press Gallery of the State Legislature for the coverage of the special session recommencing here today. "We will do everything we can to safeguard it".

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"The special session of assembly has been called to introduce GST in J&K".

To this, an infuriated Ansari said, "I can lynch you here". Outside the Assembly, NC and Congress leaders showed black flags opposing the GST Bill.

Under the banner of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), traders from different parts of the Valley, particularly Srinagar assembled outside high security Civil Secretariat area.

The independent MLA Er Sheikh Abdur Rashid also clashed with PDP's Javed Beig.

The statement said that Er Rashid entered well of the house and snatched the contents of the proceedings from Haseeb Drabu which he was reading.

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