As India enters a new tax regime under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from 1 July, common people, politicians and heads of major companies give their reactions to it. While some praised it, others seemed to believe that it might not be as promising as the government claims it to be.India's biggest tax reform since Independence was rolled out past midnight Friday in the precincts of the hallowed Central Hall of Parliament to usher in a new indirect tax regime in an event that sought to evoke memories of the famous 'Tryst with Destiny' night the country got freedom in 1947.A minute after the stroke of midnight, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi pressed a button to signal the launch of the new indirect tax regime on a digital screen with "GST" emblazoned on it in a golden hue.Reacting harshly to the GST launch, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that it is not the original GST that experts had drafted and this will seriously impact inflation.“Same BJP when in opposition had protested against the GST tooth and nail. No one can deny this fact, ” he said.On the first day of the new tax regime, some confused people shared their first bills online. People seemed to be confused about the two taxes they have been charged. However, the GST rate on food in restaurants is going to be 18 percent. While a part goes to the state and the other goes to the Centre. The two taxes mentioned in the bills are simply a the GST divided into two.Most of the shops and other business establishments were shut across Kashmir on 1 July to protest against GST in the state, prompting authorities to impose restrictions on the assembly of people in parts of Srinagar as a precautionary measure.The shutdown call was given by Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers (KTMF).The traders and the opposition parties claim the new tax regime would lead to erosion of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir guaranteed by Article 370 of the Constitution.However, public usual traffic can be seen on the roads.KTMF had yesterday called for a general strike in the Valley, saying GST, in its present form, would lead to erosion of the fiscal autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir and was not acceptable to the people of the state.Maruti cut prices of select vehicles by up to 3 percent to pass on the GST benefit to customers. Meanwhile, Maruti hikes prices of Ciaz, Ertiga diesel cars with mild hybrid technology by over Rs 1 lakh.Reacting positively to the GST launch, people in Bhopal said that they believe that the tax reform will benefit them in the long run.Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala on Saturday slammed the Centre's GST, while terming it as a 'mechanism to impose more taxes.'Anand Mahidra, the Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra Group welcomed the GST roll out.Union Ministers showered praises for the new Good and Services Tax on Friday night and said that the tax reform measure will transform the country into a “New India” with uniform tax regime.Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the new transparent, effective and progressive indirect tax regime will fulfil the dream of “New India”.Power Minister Piyush Goyal said that barring a few, the entire nation has come together in “one stream and one necklace” to celebrate the launch of the “game-changing” reform that India always wished for. We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.