How BJP and Congress are working to reach a deal on important bills, GST

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According to sources privy to the meeting, a truce of sorts was called and a sincere effort was made to realise that certain sanctum sanctorum of both sides will not be violated.

 When Dr.Subramanian Swamy, took the name of Congress President Sonia Gandhi in connection with AgustaWestland in the Rajya Sabha, all hell broke loose. Within no time, daggers were drawn from both sides, throwing the functioning of the house in turmoil. Sonia Gandhi called it character assassination on the part or the government, while BJP president Amit Shah thundered – Sonia Gandhi must tell us who are the bribe takers.BJP MPs and ministers started attacking the Congress family and within no time Congress announced a march from Jantar Mantar to parliament, led by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhito save democracy. The tones were never more shriller and both sides had dug their heels in. The fate of the Parliament session was crystal clear. You ought to be Houdini to make it function. The fate of several important bills including GST was hanging in balance.

Earlier last week, a meeting between Parliamentary affairs minister Venkaih Naidu and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with their Congress counterparts Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma was held.  It was an extremely important meeting as it set rolling a slew of measures which satisfied both – pandering to the constituency as well as carrying on with important legislative business.

 According to sources privy to the meeting, a truce of sorts was called and a sincere effort was made to realise that certain sanctum sanctorum of both sides will not be violated. It was conveyed from the Congress’ side that if the government is serious about legislative business then it should avoid needless provocation. It was also discussed that the investigative agencies should be allowed to do their work which was agreed upon by both the sides.

This meeting, in the middle of pitched battle fought between the two, gave the government hope about the passage of bills, especially some positive movement on the crucial GST bill.

On Friday, a very senior Minister in the govt went to the residence of a key Congress functionary and was closeted there for an hour. Among various other things, fate of GST bill was also discussed.

In both houses, the success of these overtures were reflected as seven bills were passed – four in Lok Sabha and three in Rajya Sabha in the first week, when the sheer thought of any business taking place looked next to impossible.

Though there are lot of ifs and buts and several caveats involved in the passage of the GST bills, these sequence of events, of back room manoeuvre, amid both sides raging and refusing to cow down, is a perfect example of real politics.

Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/how-bjp-and-congress-are-working-to-reach-a-deal-on-important-bills-gst/1/657530.html

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