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I can lynch you here, J&K minister tells NC MLA in Assembly over GST

J&K is the only state which is yet to implement the GST, which came into force in rest of country

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Opposition National Conference and Congress MLA's shout slogans during their protest against the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) during the Special Session of Legislative Assembly, which was called to pass the GST bill, in Srinagar
Opposition National Conference and Congress MLA's shout slogans during their protest against the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) during the Special Session of Legislative Assembly, which was called to pass the GST bill, in Srinagar

"I can lynch you here," minister told Conference leader in the Legislative Assembly during a discussion on implementation of the (GST).

The remark came during a heated argument between the minister and the opposition MLA.


J&K is the only state which is yet to implement the GST, which came into force in rest of the country on July 1.

Rana, while taking part in the discussion on the regime, said members of House should rise above "political considerations" and agree upon what is good for the state and its people.

He opposed the in its current form, saying it would render the special status of the state as a "hollow husk".

The minister for information technology, technical education and youth services and sports, interrupted and accused Rana of "double standards".

He claimed that while Rana was opposing the in the Assembly, while he has already migrated his businesses to the new taxation regime.

He also read out the provisional registration numbers of various businesses owned by Rana and his family.

Responding to the accusation, the NC lawmaker said he had done nothing wrong as obtaining registrations had no legal validity in view of non-implementation of the new tax system in the state.

"Maine tax ki chori nahi ki hai (I have not indulged in tax evasion)," Rana said.

To this, an infuriated Ansari said: "I can lynch you here. I know all your shady businesses. There is no bigger thief than you. You started from selling mobil oil. Where did you get all this wealth from?"

Rana, who kept his cool, responded: "Many like me can be sacrificed at the altar of safeguarding the interests of "

Several senior NC MLAs joined the issue.

Ali Mohammad Sagar, the senior-most member of the House, told the minister, "If you have planned to silence him (Rana), you are mistaken. Everyone has a right to express his opinion."

Deputy Speaker Nazir Ahmad Gurezi hit out at both the opposition and the treasury members for "wasting the public money".

"Stop attacking each other. People might strip you when you go out. This is nonsense. Stop it!" he said.

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