Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

GST Bill to be tabled in RS tomorrow: BJP, Cong gear up for the big day

Narada Desk | August 2, 2016 5:59 pm Print
Both the BJP and the Congress have already issued whips to their members, making it compulsory for them to be present in the Upper House on Wednesday when the debate and vote on the GST Bill are expected

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with opposition leaders

After series of talks between the government and Opposition, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill is likely to see the light of the day finally on Wednesday.

And just a day ahead of the discussion on the Bill in the Rajya Sabha, the Congress party, whose support is the key to the passing of the Bill, has said the long-pending legislation will be passed, “if there is no obstacle”.

If passed, it would be a significant achievement of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government and shot in the arm for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as he reached out to the Opposition to build a consensus over the issue.

“If there isn’t any obstacle, the GST Bill will be approved tomorrow (Wednesday),” Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters outside the Parliament House.

The government circulated among the members of the House amendments to the draft legislation.

The amendments proposed in the Bill — scheduled to be moved by the Finance Minister — are expected to sail through as the government has scrapped the levy of additional 1 per cent tax proposed earlier, as asked by the Congress.

Jaitley briefed BJP members on the Bill at a BJP parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday morning. Sources said the Finance Minister asked the members to read and understand the Bill before it is taken up.

Both the BJP and the Congress have already issued whips to their members, making it compulsory for them to be present in the Upper House on Wednesday when the debate and vote on the GST Bill are expected.

IANS

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