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GST rollout: Sonia Gandhi to meet Manmohan Singh to decide on joining the midnight bash

While the Narendra Modi-led NDA government is busy preparing for the historic launch of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime at midnight on June 30, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi is set to meet former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday to decide whether her party should join or skip the event.

"What these two leaders decide, will seal the fate whether Congress will join the GST rollout celebration event or not. Other senior leaders are of the view that keeping traders' sentiments in mind, one should avoid going to GST midnight event," a senior Congress leader was quoted as saying by the India Today.

The Jammu and Kashmir government is also expected to take a final call on implementation of the GST today.

Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) and M Karunanidi's Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) have already announced their decision to boycott the event.

Many in Congress are of the view that the main Opposition party should boycott the historic GST launch. However, since Manmohan Singh has been invited as a special guest - which means he'll share the dais with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi - the Congress is in a fix on the issue.

During today's meet the two top Congress leaders will discuss the pros and cons of attending the event, as some within the party fear a fallout like demonetisation.

The party is expected to announce its final decision at a special press conference later today.