Modi government attitude makes special GST session unviable: Congress

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Congress has decided “not to go out of the way” to help the govt pass the GST bill during a special session of Parliament before the winter session.

NEW DELHI: The Congress has decided “not to go out of the way” to help the Modi government pass the politically deadlocked GST bill during a special session of Parliament before the winter session. A series of post-monsoon session attacks by the government on the Congress — first by the BJP leadership announcing a BJP plan to agitate in CongressLok Sabha seats and latest with finance minister Arun Jaitley floating ideas to bypass the Opposition-dominated RS in key legislation — seem to have only added to the Congressgovernment political distance.

“The post-monsoon session negative attitude of the BJP leadership and the confrontationist attitude of senior ministers such as the finance minister make the very talk of convening a special Parliament session to pass GST bill unviable and unrealistic. The government and its senior ministers, if at all they are sincere about such a course, must first learn to shed their unproductive arrogance and confrontationist attitude before learning how to engage the Opposition for constructive cooperation,” said Anand Sharma, Congress’ deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha.

Though the government has been telling media about the option of calling a special session of Parliament, its representatives are yet to formally reach out to the Congress with the proposal. About Jaitley saying many key legislations may now have to be brought as money bills to bypass RS test, Sharma said: “Just because the finance minister is faced with a tough task, he can’t start tampering with the rules and procedures to reduce the Rajya Sabha to a rubber stamp.

Such attitude will only create bigger problem for the government.” He demanded Jaitley’s apology. On the FM questioning how an ‘indirectly elected RS’ could block key bills, Sharma said: “It seems Jaitley now wants people to forget that when he was leading BJP’s blockade of key economic bills such as GST, insurance bill, he was doing it as the Opposition leader of the very same Rajya Sabha.

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/modi-government-attitude-makes-special-gst-session-unviable-congress/articleshow/48550037.cms

 

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