Deadlock on GST bill continues, Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

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With a week left for Parliament to conclude business and many bills including GST bill pending, the ruling government has again reached out to the opposition. 

Finance minister Arun Jaitley met Congress leaders, including Leader of House in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, to update them on the steps taken to accommodate their views.

It may be mentioned that while this was so, the Rajya Sabha, after witnessing repeated adjournments, has been adjourned for the day. It will now meet on 15 December.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi have said the party would not compromise on “three issues” – the one per cent tax for manufacturers, the constitutional cap of 18 per cent for GST rate and an independent dispute resolution mechanism for GST.

Meanwhile, the party has said there could be a change in its strategy in the offing. Some Congress leaders are not in favour of disrupting legislative work and there has been some talk scaling down its protests.

Party sources said there is a sense of worry over the negative perception the protests have been generating.
It may be noted that last week, the Congress disrupted Parliament with its protests against the National Herald case in which Sonia and Rahul have to appear in court on December 19.