NDA’s stubborn attitude responsible for GST delay: Congress

"I am afraid the government has only to blame itself and its stubborn and unbending attitude," said the Former Finance Minister

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 2, 2016 2:36 am
 P Chidambaram , GST bill controversy, Narendera Modi, Manmohan Singh, NDA, GST legislation, Parliament disruption, Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram, GST bill Former finance minister P Chidambaram (Source: PTI)

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at the Congress saying the Opposition party’s new year resolution should be to not disrupt Parliament, Congress hit back saying the BJP’s “stubborn attitude” was responsible for logjam in Parliament and on the GST bill.

“What did the Prime Minister say … we will come back to you after reflecting within the government. That’s almost a month now. We have not received the written response of the government or the revised formulation of the government on the three principal objections,” former finance minister P Chidambaram said Friday. “It is the government’s stubborn and unbending attitude,” he said. “How did Parliament pass so many bills if we were disrupting all the work?”

Chidamabaram said that even the government’s Chief Economic Advisor has agreed that two of the Congress’s three principal objections were valid.

“The ball is entirely in the government’s court and it is for them to come back and tell us whether they accepting our objection (on GST bill), whether they are revising formulation, whether they are amending sections,” he told reporters.

The Congress wants a constitutional cap on GST rate, withdrawal of one per cent tax on inter-state movement of goods and Supreme Court judge headed dispute resolution panel. “We will not support a flawed GST,” he said.

Talking about the state of economy, Chidambaram said that 2015 ended on a somber note as far as the economy was concerned.

Asked to comment on Modi’s recent visit to Pakistan, Chidambaram said his party was not impressed. “We do not support a foreign policy based on impulsive decisions,” he said.

Rejecting the Congress’ charge that the Modi government’s promises remained unfulfilled, BJP on Friday claimed its 20-month tenure was a story of “promises fulfilled and results delivered” and noted that India had become the “fastest” growing country in the world amid a global slowdown.

“Our government’s action and its results is visible. There is a slowdown in the world but India has left China behind to become the fastest growing economy. It is a story of promises fulfilled and results delivered,” BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said. FDI had shown an increase of 40 per cent and Foreign Institutional Investment (FII) inflows rose by 717 per cent in 2014-15 compared to the previous year, Sharma said.

Giving out figures, he said manufacturing sector had grown by 6.9 per cent and capital goods by 21.8 per cent while the corresponding figures in the UPA were minus 1.1 per cent and minus 10 per cent, respectively.

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