A day after Rahul Gandhi said the Congress would pass the contentious GST Bill in 15 minutes if its demands were met, parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu blamed the opposition party for setting conditions.
“It is not fair to set conditions for the passage of the GST Bill. If the said clauses were so crucial, the UPA could have brought these in the original Bill when it was in power,” said Naidu.
“One condition (cap on taxes) put forth by Congress and reiterated by Rahul Gandhi in an event in Mumbai was not liked by anybody. The government has agreed. The issue is about this cap which the Congress has not proposed and it had not proposed it when it brought the Bill and is suddenly now making it a condition. That is not fair on its (Congress’) part,” said Naidu.
He also held discussions with Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan on the possibilities of advancing the Budget session so that the GST Bill is passed. Naidu had recently met Congress chief Sonia Gandhi regarding the passage of the GST bill. She had said that she will discuss the issue with her party and get back to the government.
The issue is set to a major bone of contention between the BJP and the Congress during the budget session. Finance minister Arun Jaitley has said he expected the bill to be passed in the budget session. Naidu said he would discuss the budget session dates with PM Modi.
“When you want to change any proposal, you have to call a Parliament session, then you have to get it approved by two-third majority. Then you have to go to states and all… This is a very complicated thing you are creating for yourself,” said Naidu.