1. Opinion: Why is the BJP crying foul at the Congress stance on GST Bill?

Opinion: Why is the BJP crying foul at the Congress stance on GST Bill?

Let Congress take credit for scuttling implementation of the GST, there is no harm in delaying it for one more year and introduce a refined tax law with better preparation

By: | Updated: August 3, 2015 9:38 AM
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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s attack on the Congress party saying that its obstructionist tendencies and negativism is hurting the country, ahead of the crucial all-party meeting today, shows that the government is hardly expecting a breakthrough in it. (PTI)

serious frauds investigation officeFinance Minister Arun Jaitley lamenting in public about Congress blocking the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill is clearly a sign of desperation as the predictions of the Monsoon session getting completely washed out due to Lalitgate and Vyapam appear to be coming out correct.

The finance minister’s attack on the Congress party saying that its obstructionist tendencies and negativism is hurting the country,  ahead of the crucial all-party meeting today, shows that the government is hardly expecting a breakthrough in it.

Though he is correct in pointing out that the GST was mooted by the Congress, that doesn’t mean he can take the party’s support as given.

In parliamentary democracy, no support is for free, just in the name of reform. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) didn’t do it when it was in the opposition, and it should not expect others to do it when it has gained power.

If the NDA thinks there is no need for Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to resign due to Lalitgate, and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan taking responsibility for Vyapam scam; why can’t the Congress party also stick to its demand for these resignations?

But, if this deadlock is stalling discussion on the GST Bill in Parliament, and its passage and implementation, let all the parties officially register their views in the Rajya Sabha, where it is stuck because of the NDA’s  lack of majority in the house.

This will force the Congress party to weigh its gains and losses for what it does in the upper house. There is no harm in delaying GST implementation by one more year to April 2017. Let the Congress scuttle the passage of the modified Bill accommodating the select committee’s suggestions in the Rajya Sabha.

While the government will get one more year to prepare for the GST and finalising the contours of the biggest tax reform in the country besides holding further discussions on its flaws, the Congress party will have to take the responsibility for this delay in a critical reform measure.

The Parliamentary approval for the GST Constitution Amendment Bill in the current monsoon session ending August 13 is necessary so that half of the 30 states clear it for rolling out the new regime from April 1, 2016, submerging all existing indirect taxes like excise and VAT into the GST.

With a full five-year compensation for the states in case there is a revenue loss on account of GST, the main demand of the states is met, and the Centre can now work with them in removing other flaws in the GST Bill like 1% additional tax on interstate trade.

If the Congress doesn’t want it, let the party make it clear on the floor of the Rajya Sabha.

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    Zina
    Aug 3, 2015 at 11:24 am
    BJP shouldn’t give in to Congress party blackmail. Let Sonia prevent discussions. Let Sonia prevent pages of bills. Time is on your side and the people are with you. Sonia’s only goal is to make her son PM. She was not good news for her family. Every member in her family died of mysterious cirstances when she came in and she is not good news for the country.
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      bradha
      Aug 3, 2015 at 8:59 am
      Very well written article!
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        Rangaesh Gadasalli
        Aug 4, 2015 at 3:06 am
        Get a joint session of parliament and make the Congress and their supporters a minority front. Get the GST bill ped first and make the congress come with suggestions and amendments which will make the bill better. Desperate congress wants to demand resignations with out solid evidence. If they had evidence they would gone to the supreme court and asked the PM to remove the ministers. all the people whom BJP wanted out were proved guilty 100%
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          Narendra M
          Aug 3, 2015 at 6:48 pm
          Public memory is proverbially short. Let us be reminded that State governments were actually using delaying tactics when the UPA government, and particularly then Union Finance Minister Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, were making all efforts to introduce the Goods & Service Tax (GST) regime by 1st April 2015? There was in place an empowered committee of State governments’ finance ministers led by Bihar finance Minister but many state governments were simply not keen to introduce GST regime. Even the Gujarat government, then led by our current PM was not very keen about GST. Now that BJP is in power it is in a hurry to have in place GST regime and that is okay. I believe from this GST saga our politicians should not forget to learn an important lesson which is this-never oppose sound reform proposals of the ruling party for political gains. Would they learn this lesson?
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            t p
            Aug 3, 2015 at 1:32 pm
            BJP is not crying foul at the Congress stance on GST Bill, but persuing for national benefit. काँग्रेस मातम क्यों मना रही हे, याक़ूब मेमन की फांसी पर । achchha likhnaa achchhi baat, lekin samaaj hit me honaa chahiye.
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              t p
              Aug 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm
              काँग्रेस मातम क्यों मना रही हे, याक़ूब मेमन की फांसी पर । BJP is not crying foul at the Congress stance on GST Bill, but persuing for national benefit.
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