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Jun 30, 2017 01:19 PM IST | Source: NEWS18.com

GST midnight launch 'symbolism', small businesses not ready: Chidambaram

"The Congress party was the originator of the idea of GST and has welcomed GST. Not attending a midnight event has nothing to do with the fact that Congress party supports the idea of GST. The substance is important, not the symbolism," Chidambaram told CNN-News18 on Friday, hours ahead of the launch of GST.

Former Union finance minister P Chidambaram has deflected criticism over the opposition boycott of the launch of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), saying the Parliament event is mere "symbolism". The senior Congress leader, who is one of the original architects of the GST, rejected criticism that the boycott is "childish".

"The Congress party was the originator of the idea of GST and has welcomed GST. Not attending a midnight event has nothing to do with the fact that Congress party supports the idea of GST. The substance is important, not the symbolism," Chidambaram told CNN-News18 on Friday, hours ahead of the launch of GST.

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