GST will be cleared in 15 minutes if govt agrees to our terms, says Rahul

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At the core of the dispute between the ruling party and the principal Opposition party is not just the demand for a constitutional cap on the GST median rate, as it is called, but also two other conditions put forward by the Congress.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday that the GST Bill will be passed in Parliament in ‘in just 15 minutes’ with Congress support if the Narendra Modi government accepted conditions laid down by his party.

He was speaking to students of NMIMS, a Mumbai-based management institute. In reply to a student’s question, he said: “We don’t want a GST Bill where there is no cap on taxes. We want a limitation on the maximum tax people can be charged with.”

At the core of the dispute between the ruling party and the principal Opposition party is not just the demand for a constitutional cap on the GST median rate, as it is called, but also two other conditions put forward by the Congress.

The Congress has demanded withdrawal of an additional one per cent tax on inter-state movement of goods, which has been proposed to provide comfort to manufacturing states that fear a loss of revenue. The party has also demanded a dispute resolution panel headed by a Supreme Court judge.

The GST Bill has been approved by Lok Sabha, but is stuck in Rajya Sabha, where the ruling BJP does not have a majority.

Stating that the GST legislation was conceptualised by his party, Rahul said: “For seven years, Jaitley didn’t allow it to pass. The current Prime Minister, when he was chief minister, too, didn’t allow it to pass. The BJP blocked everything. It has never been the strategy of the Congress to block Parliament.”

Referring to media reports that said Jaitley had a discussion with the him on the Bill, Rahul said the Finance Minister had come to invite him for his daughter’s wedding. ‘When he came to see me, he told me that GST is good. Jaitley doesn’t have to tell me that. I know it is good,” he said.

“This government doesn’t believe in a conversation”, he said, adding that a compromise on GST was possible. “It is sitting on the table. But the government is not taking it,’ he said. He said that work is yet to begin on the necessary infrastructure that can make GST work.

A few days ago, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said at a function in Mumbai that the stalling GST was providing sadistic pleasure to some people. Some of the issues being raised by the Congress were clearly an afterthought, he had said, while indicating that the government would try and secure the support of regional parties to get the bill approved in Parliament.The Congress has hit back, pointing out that some of its concerns were reflected in the report of Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian on GST.

The Congress has hit back, pointing out that some of its concerns were reflected in the report of Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian on GST.

Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/rahul-gandhi-on-gst-bill-will-be-cleared-in-15-minutes-if-govt-agrees-to-our-terms/#sthash.TSW4wZhz.dpuf

One Reply to “GST will be cleared in 15 minutes if govt agrees to our terms, says Rahul”

  1. viji says:

    “cleared in 15 minutes” !!! – super joke

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