Government Accepts Congress’ Demands On GST Bill

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venkaiah-naidu-1Government has said that it has agreed to accept Congress’ demand to the passage of GST Bill.

Union Parliamentary Minister Venkaiah Naidu today reached out to Congress president Sonia Gandhi to discuss the passage of critical bills in the upcoming budget session of Parliament.

According to reports, the Union minister also offered to call an early parliament session if her party is willing to support the national Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Amid uproar over the National Herald case in which Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi were named as accused by the court, the bill was not passed in the parliament during the recent sessions.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the session including the GST bill, but the meeting didn’t help in the passage of the bill. Both the winter and monsoon session last year resulted with less legislative business and more disruptions.

On January 2, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the government is hopeful of the passage of the GST Bill in the Budget Session of Parliament, when the numbers in the Rajya Sabha will swing in its favor.

Addressing the officer trainees of the Indian Revenue Service, Jaitley said, “The next session is going to be extremely important. And half way through the next session, the numbers of the Upper House are also going to change. So, I am reasonably optimistic, as far as the next session is concerned, that we may be able to push it through.”

“The next session is going to be extremely important. And halfway through the next session, the numbers of the upper house are also going to change. So I am reasonably optimistic, as far as the next session is concerned, that we may be able to push it through,” Jaitley said.