No One Muzzled Bengal Minister’s Voice At GST Council Meeting: BJP’s Anurag Thakur
The Minister of State (MoS) for Finance, Anurag Thakur, has dismissed the remarks of West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra, who claimed that he was denied the opportunity to address the GST Council meeting on Saturday.
Referring to Amit Mitra’s letter to Nirmala Sitharaman in this regard, Anurag Thakur tweeted on Saturday that in his experience as MoS in the last two years, Ms Sitharaman had not cut anyone off during GST Council meetings.
There is a letter circulating in some sections of the media by Sh @DrAmitMitra Ji, FM West Bengal.
Amit Mitra had claimed that he frequently tried to raise objections after Nirmala Sitharaman announced the GST Council’s decision, but his “voice was muffled as the Secretary closed the meeting and the virtual link was cut off”.
During the meeting, Anurag Thakur stressed that Amit Mitra did not have a stable video conferencing connection, adding that the Revenue Secretary mentioned to him that his line had broken and he was not audible. Another member of the delegation said there was no mention of Mr. Mitra’s speech nor did he ask to be heard when the Uttar Pradesh Finance Minister spoke.” He said.
Anurag Thakur clarified that Ms Sitharaman asked the Council at the end of the discussion whether anyone wanted to speak and add their comments, but the Bengal Minister remained silent.