Stop ping pong, millions of Virat Kohlis watching, says Derek O’Brien

The way these two people have behaved, it has been 10 years of ping pong. Olympics are coming. They would have won ping pong medals, says Derek O'Brien.

By: Express News Service | Published: August 4, 2016 1:54 am
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“Sir, I am still often asked: is your party supporting the GST Constitution Amendment Bill? We should put that question to the government and the principal Opposition party. We often get confused when they are supporting and when they are not supporting because what their stand is depends on where they sit…

“The way these two people have behaved, it has been 10 years of ping pong. Olympics are coming. They would have won ping pong medals…

“Mr Chidambaram [former finance minister, Congress] used a very nice one. GST, he said, was ‘Good Sense Triumphs’. Nice one, Sir, but our interpretation or your interpretation, when you came to the select committee with your colleagues, was not ‘Good Sense Triumphs’ ; but was ‘Go Slow Tactics’. This is exactly what your colleagues did in the select committee…

“This ping pong match cannot continue any longer. We need to implement this on April 1, 2017…

“I was wondering whether the politics of GST will actually continue in November or this, otherwise, from a ping pong match, will become a cricket match, where you will win the first innings and then, the second innings in November will stop because of rain or something else…

“Sir, I want to end with a little story. There was a boy of Class X at Xavier School in Delhi — a little known Delhi school compared to fancy Delhi schools — he was born at the time the GST concept was first introduced. He was in Class X in 2005. The boy, who was in Class X, is today winning us fame and great victory in West Indies. His name is Virat Kohli. There are millions of young Virat Kohlis across the country who are looking at us today. For their sake and for the sake of India tomorrow, we need to deliberate, we need to debate, we need to legislate and we need to implement the GST Bill. The faster we do it, the better it would be.”

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