GST Bill: All party meet ends, government confident of consensus

By: | Updated: July 17, 2016 4:32 PM

An all party meet to seek support for the passage of a number of pending legislations, including the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill, ended today with the government saying it is confident of getting Opposition's "full cooperation" in the upcoming Monsoon session of the Parliament.

Urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu said: "Majority of states in favour of GST bill. No political party has taken an open stand against it. I'm sure it will be passed." (PTI File photo)Urban development minister Venkaiah Naidu said: “Majority of states in favour of GST bill. No political party has taken an open stand against it. I’m sure it will be passed.” (PTI File photo)

An all party meet to seek support for the passage of a number of pending legislations, including the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill, ended today with the government saying it is confident of getting Opposition’s “full cooperation” in the upcoming Monsoon session of the Parliament.

“We had a very fruitful discussion. All parties assured full cooperation,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar was tweeted as saying by ANI.

Talking about the GST Bill, Kumar said, “All parties are holding discussions regarding GST bill. We want consensus to be developed on that.”

Kumar said the Congress has assured support for legislations on the basis of merit.

“Congress assured they will support bills on the basis of merit. We have proposed 16 legislative business,” he said.

“GST bill should be passed by consensus than majority. If it is approved by consensus will be good for nation,” he added.

The Opposition said it tould seek to corner the government for attempting to “destablise” its governments in states and Kashmir violence while offering “merit-based support” to legislations like GST bill during the monsoon session.

Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad Azad accused the government of “using all tricks” to destabilise opposition-ruled governments and took potshots at Modi over his talk of cooperation between the Centre and states by pointing out that even a BJP ally like Akali Dal has attacked it over “undermining” states, PTI reported.

Talking about GST, Azad said, “We have not taken any decision that we have to stop a bill. We will support on merit. We will support any bill which is in support of people, progress and growth,” he said.”

(With agency inputs)

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