‘Weight’ of Lok Sabha must always be maintained: FM Arun Jaitley

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New Delhi | Published: April 8, 2016 6:00:04 AM

In May 2015, Jaitley had said democracy faced a serious challenge with an ‘indirectly elected’ Upper house (Rajya Sabha) questioning the wisdom of ‘directly elected’ Lok Sabha.

With the Congress holding up the Constitutional Amendment Bill on Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the Rajya Sabha, finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday re-ignited the debate on an indirectly elected Upper House blocking key economic legislations, saying the “weight” of directly elected House must always be maintained.

In May 2015, Jaitley had said democracy faced a serious challenge with an ‘indirectly elected’ Upper house (Rajya Sabha) questioning the wisdom of ‘directly elected’ Lok Sabha.

“The only opponent on the GST is the Congress. In its belated wisdom, the Congress has demanded a constitutional cap on the GST rate,” Jaitley said, referring to a key condition made by the Congress for supporting GST. While the government was for a reasonable GST rate, the minister said he would discuss the issue with the opposition party again for a consensus. The government had earlier said it would not put a cap on the GST rate and would leave it to the proposed GST Council.

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