GST Bills in present form not acceptable: Congress

At a key strategy meeting of Congress MPs in the Lok Sabha chaired by party vice president Rahul Gandhi, it was decided to raise the concerns of the public on the GST Bills and seek necessary amendments

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: March 28, 2017 3:10 pm
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The GST Bills in their present form were “not acceptable” to the Congress, but the party sought to tread cautiously to avoid being seen as against the
tax reform measure.

At a key strategy meeting of Congress MPs in the Lok Sabha chaired by party vice president Rahul Gandhi, it was decided to raise the concerns of the public on the GST Bills and seek necessary amendments.

According to sources, Gandhi told the members that the party should play the role of a constructive opposition and should not be seen as against the GST legislations.

He also told the members to raise the issue of the farmers’ distress and press for a farm loan waiver in Parliament.

Senior party leaders in the Lok Sabha suggested that the Congress should not be seen as the one opposing the tax reform legislation as it was during the UPA government that the GST Bill was initiated to simplify tax structure.

The meeting that lasted around 30 minutes was also attended by Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.

After the meeting, Rahul did not answer any queries pertaining to the meeting or about the structural changes that are required to be carried out in the party post the party’s poor show in Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.

This was Rahul’s first meeting with the party MPs after the Uttar Pradesh poll debacle. After the election results, he had gone abroad to bring back his mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi after medical treatment.

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    Tapas
    Mar 28, 2017 at 10:16 am
    Let the Law makers educate and brief the commoners about GST and the same is going to transform. It should be clarified with various realistic examples.
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      kamath Ramesh
      Mar 28, 2017 at 11:13 am
      How many times this gst bill needed to be ped in parliament. Last year after much opposition by congress both houses ped the bill. Now again it is presented in the parliament and as usual congress is again not voting for the bill. How long this suspense would continue
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        S K
        Mar 28, 2017 at 9:56 am
        Again Congress has started same game to stop reforms. I don't know when these people will learn. Public has already hinted them many times in several elections to be constructive opposition and do good for the country. It seems Congress has decided to sink itself and before that sink this country by worthless approach. Congress, if ceasing this bill, has to explain nation why?.
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