Government is likely set to introduce the contentious GST Bill in Rajya Sabha next week, even as there appears to be no consenus with the states and oppositions parties.
Government is likely set to introduce the contentious GST Bill in Rajya Sabha next week, even as there appears to be no consenus with the states and oppositions parties. According to Bloomberg TV, 161 votes are required for the Constitution (122 Amendment) Bill to pass, given all Rajya Sabha members vote. At the same time 81 votes are required by the opposition if the bill is to be stalled. The BJP Government currently has the support Of 72 MPs In RS. The government needs to bring in the Left parties, JMM, INLD, YSCRP to its side. In case, AIADMK & Left abstain from voting, 147 Votes will be needed to get the bill passed and at the same time 73 Votes will be required by the opposition to Stall the bill. As far as the current tally is concerned, the passage of the bill has 2/3rd majority.
To get one of the biggest tax reform in India since Independence to be passed, BJP is reaching out to the opposition parties for support, during the Monsoon session. According to Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar there is widespread support of the early introduction of the bill. Although when the government discussed the GST Bill with Opposition On July 18, they could not reach a consensus. 16 Bills have been proposed by the Government and the Parliament’s monsoon session saw 5 out of them passed.
MoS for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, had earlier said that the GST Bill will come up for discussions in the Parliament in the next week. The opposition has been against the passage based on issues such as tax cap, revenue loss to states and a proper mechanism for dispute resolution