JD(U) likely to make a U-turn on GST Bill in Winter Session

JD(U) and Lalu Prasad's RJD, which has returned to power in Bihar after 10 years, leaders have said a final decision will be taken in the coming days.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: November 22, 2015 12:31 pm
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The massive victory of the grand alliance in Bihar is likely to echo in Parliament when the Winter Session begins with Janata Dal (United) indicating that it will go with the larger opposition unity on the GST Bill, which it had earlier supported.

The Centre has argued that consumer states like Bihar will benefit from the rolling out of the Goods and Service Tax (GST) and it was the major reason behind the JD(U), which has ruled the state for the last 10 years, lending its support to it.

With opposition parties buoyant after NDA’s drubbing in Bihar, senior JD(U) leaders have said they will take a final call only after consulting other parties.

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“There are new circumstances. We will take a decision in consultation with other opposition parties,” a JD(U) MP said. Congress, a part of the grand alliance, has opposed certain provisions of the reform bill and blocked its passage in the Monsoon Session of Parliament over a host of issues, including the alleged corruption of some top BJP leaders.

JD(U) and Lalu Prasad’s RJD, which has returned to power in Bihar after 10 years, leaders have said a final decision will be taken in the coming days.

With Congress being the biggest opposition party, the two regional parties believe that they must take its concerns on the bill into account.

The GST Bill, which will subsume all indirect taxes to create one rate and integrate the country into a single market, has been approved by the Lok Sabha and is pending approval of the Rajya Sabha.

JD(U) has 12 members in the Rajya Sabha, where the ruling NDA is well short of majority, while RJD has only one MP.

BJP’s ambitious GST Bill would remain one of the highlights during the Winter Session of the Parliament which begins November 26.

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  1. A
    Nov 22, 2015 at 3:12 pm
    In the year 2015, returns, not of the prodigals but by the faithfools, have been in the limelight. The awards, honours, medals etc were 'returned' by a few recipients as protest! Those one-time returns had had a field day. But nobody has a word about the returns submitted, along with money, by millions of citizens every month, quarter and year almost all their lives. These returns have no mention even at the event in which the Returning Officer declares the candidate with highest number of votes as 'returned'. That is the lot of real returnees in the Republic of INDIA.
    1. I
      Nov 22, 2015 at 4:08 pm
      Obstructionists have now become nationalists. GST was to be ped in 2008-9 BJP- Jaitley in Center & Modi at state were the ones not allowing it. Case of selective memory loss by Andh Bhakts. U shall reap what u sow.
      1. K
        Nov 22, 2015 at 10:05 am
        The opposition should not get into any GST talk until the VJP corruption issues have beeb sorted out, and until Sushma has been sacked.
        1. S
          Nov 22, 2015 at 10:21 am
          Parties which block the GST bill should not be allowed to contest elections .It is time Rajya saba is stripped of law making powers .It can be a forum for debate and discussion
          1. P
            Nov 22, 2015 at 1:33 pm
            Arun jaitley the greatest obstructionist of Indian Parliament cannot get the GST Bill without bending down to accomodate the opposition. Will be bend ? Never. Will the GST Bill be ped ? Not before 2020.
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