Anurag Thakur's question to the Finance Minister of Bengal on the statement of 'voice suppressed' - why was he silent in the meeting
National Desk: Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur hit back at West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra's allegations that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman does not bite anyone during the GST Council meeting. In fact, Finance Minister Amit Mitra has termed the GST Council's decision not to reduce tax on anti-Covid-19 vaccines as "anti-people" and alleged that his voice was suppressed when he tried to lodge an objection.
Anurag Thakur attacked Amit Mitra by tweeting one after the other. He wrote that in the last two years as Minister of State, he did not see Sitharaman biting anyone during the GST Council meeting. He said Sitharaman has patiently given each speaker as much time as is necessary, even if the discussion has not lasted for a long time. Anurag Thakur asked that Dr Mitra 'kept quiet' when the finance minister asked the council ministers' opinion.
The Minister of State for Finance wrote in the next tweet that Anurag Thakur said that 'During the discussion of the GST Council today (12 June), it seemed that the Finance Minister of West Bengal did not have a stable VC connection. The Revenue Secretary repeatedly informed him that his line was breaking, that he was not hearing properly and that he should turn off the video for better connectivity. Whereas the Finance Minister of Bengal sharply criticized the GST meeting regarding the tax imposed on Kovid equipment.
Let us inform that after the meeting, Mitra wrote a letter to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman saying that this is an absolutely anti-people decision by the GST Council to suppress our voice. As people's representatives, we have no way to justify this harsh decision. Mitra also alleged that his suggestions for two constructive options with regard to GST on materials needed to fight COVID-19 were also not taken into account.