New Delhi, Feb 20: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Wednesday said the GST Council meeting via video conferencing could not have decided on such critical tax decisions involving the Real Estate sector and lottery.
Mr Sisodia said on the demand of at least 10 states finance ministers, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley agreed to take up these issues in a face-to-face meeting to be held on Sunday.
Mr Sisodia said a hurried meeting through video conferencing gave rise to a reasonable apprehension that it would have facilitated the Real Estate and Lottery lobbies to avail undue benefits.
“The meeting via Video Conference was a forced one”, he said.
He raised serious concerns on lowering tax rate on residential housing and sought a detailed discussion by all members of the GST council.
'It will have serious repercussions on the tax regime. Unfortunately many BJP run state governments are also under the severe pressure from the real estate lobbies,' he said. He also cited the reservations expressed by states like Kerala and West Bengal on same lines in this regard.
On Tuesday, Mr Sisodia who also holds the finance portfolio in Delhi wrote to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, demanding postponement of GST Council meeting through video-conference on Wednesday.
In his letter to Arun Jaitley, Mr Sisodia said that both the agenda items - special scheme for real estate sector and single rate of tax on lottery - are of crucial nature and requires detailed discussion before arriving at a considered decision on the matters. (UNI)