The Trinamul Congress is unlikely to back the GST Bill in the current session of Parliament fearing that its support to it could send out a wrong message to minorities in the middle of the West Bengal Assembly polls.
Although the government is optimistic that the GST Bill could be passed in this session by isolating the Congress and the Left, the Trinamul Congress MPs told a key government manager that this will not be possible due to electoral compulsions.
A Trinamul Congress MP on Sunday said that the government itself is not keen on the passage of this legislation, but keeps on saying that the bill would be passed. While non-NDA parties, including the BJD, NCP, Samajwadi Party, the BSP, are in favour of the bill. The AIADMK has strong objection to it.
Earlier, the Trinamul Congress backed the bill but in the current situation, it does not want to be friendly with the BJP and the Centre fearing that the rival Left and the Congress would use the issue against it in poll campaigning.
The floor managers have not succeeded yet to bring the main Opposition on board on GST despite the fact that it was the baby of the UPA government. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reached out to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on this issue.