BSP supremo Mayawati backs GST bill, but slams government over intolerance

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BSP supremo Mayawati
BSP supremo Mayawati

The BJP-led government’s efforts to build consensus on the contentious GST Bill seems to be making headways. The latest to come out in support of the bill is the BSP chief Mayawati  who announced her party’s support to the GST bill. However, on various other issues she was critical of the BJP-led NDA government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as she  attacked the government over alleged “intolerance, communalism and anarchy” in the country and demanded action against Minister V K Singh for his remarks on the killing of Dalit children in Haryana.

Participating in the debate on ‘Commitment to the Constitution’ in Rajya Sabha, she expressed concern over the condition of Scheduled Castes, OBCs and minorities particularly Muslims.

Taking strong objection to Singh’s ‘dog’ remarks after killing to two Dalit children in Haryana, Mayawati said the Minister should be dropped from the Council of Ministers and “sent to jail as such people deserve to be in jail and not in Parliament”.

Spewing fire on the government on various incidents including Dadri killing, she repeatedly raised questions over the government’s commitment to the Constitution, debunking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reply statement on it in the Lok Sabha. The BSP chief dared Modi to take action against his own ministerial and party colleagues, who she alleged are making “provocative” remarks.

At the same time, she significantly chose the occasion to announce her unequivocal support to the GST bill, which is stuck in Rajya Sabha.

“If your government is fully confident that bringing the GST Bill is in the interest of the nation, it will bring a change in the economy and give a boost to it, the BSP will definitely back it. Our party supports the Bill in Parliament,” she said.

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