No special sitting on GST; President to prorogue Monsoon Session

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New Delhi | Published: September 9, 2015 3:43:18 PM

Government today decided not to hold special session of Parliament to pass the constitution amendment bill for rolling out GST and will recommend to the President to prorogue the Monsoon Session.

govt on gst billGovernment today decided not to hold special session of Parliament to pass the constitution amendment bill for rolling out GST and will recommend to the President to prorogue the Monsoon Session. (PTI)

Government today decided not to hold special session of Parliament to pass the constitution amendment bill for rolling out GST and will recommend to the President to prorogue the Monsoon Session.

In view of the unrelenting attitude of the Congress on the GST issue, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “keeping this political reality in mind, Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) decided to recommend to President to prorogue Monsoon Session”.

The government was keen on special session to obtain Parliament’s nod for the constitution amendment bill on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) but opted against it “for the time being” as talks with the Congress did not yield results, he said.

Efforts to reach an agreement on the GST Bill, which it had proposed to roll out from April 1, 2016, would continue, he added.

“We will keep trying. We are in contact with all political parties. And nearly all parties except Congress are in favour of this bill. In Lok Sabha, except Congress all political parties had voted in favour of the bill. Congress has walked out, they (other parties) had not walked out. If situation changes then cabinet will again reconsider the matter,” he added.

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