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  1. FM Arun Jaitley’s Facebook post: Nobody wants GST Bill, it is a victim of the politics of one-upmanship

FM Arun Jaitley’s Facebook post: Nobody wants GST Bill, it is a victim of the politics of one-upmanship

The bitter war of words between the top leaders of BJP including PM Narendra Modi and FM Arun Jaitley, and the Congress top brass, in and outside Parliament, clearly shows nobody is serious about the GST Bill, or for that matter any reform legislation.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 15, 2015 12:27 PM
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GST Bill: The National Herald case, in which Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi have to appear in a Delhi Court on December 19, has shown how difficult it is for both the BJP and the Congress to work together even on passing the crucial legislations pending before Parliament.

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This being the case, both the sides are just using the GST Bill to play the game of political one-upmanship for now.

PM Narendra Modi’s invitation to the Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh ahead of the winter session did raise a glimmer of hope about some forward movement in breaking the Parliamentary logjam, but with each passing day, it is getting clearer that both the sides were just playing to the galleries.

The National Herald case, in which Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi have to appear in a Delhi Court on December 19, has shown how difficult it is for both the BJP and the Congress to work together even on passing the crucial legislations pending before Parliament.

FM Arun Jaitley’s latest Facebook post crying foul, therefore, needs to be seen in this backdrop.

If the last session didn’t function, and the current session is also on the verge of a washout, both the sides have to be blamed for this, and FM Jaitley saying, “The nation is waiting for Parliament to discuss public issues, to legislate and approve a historic Constitution Amendment enabling the GST. All this is being indefinitely delayed,” hardly means anything here.

There is no doubt that Congress party is facing the threat of getting isolated in Parliament and needs to correct its course, but till the time BJP remains entangled with it in the game of political one-upmanship, there will always be a question mark on its own willingness to bring in the GST.

The quote of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru delivered on 28th March, 1957, the last day of the First Lok Sabha, which FM Jaitley has mentioned in his Facebook post, will not be of any help till public spats from both sides are stopped.

FM Jaitley has quoted Pandit Nehru as saying in his speech: “Here, we have sat in this Parliament, the sovereign authority of India, responsible for the governance of India. Surely, there can be no higher responsibility or greater privilege than to be a member of this sovereign body which is responsible for the fate of the vast number of human beings who live in this country. All of us, if not always, at any rate from time to time, must have felt this high sense of responsibility and destiny to which we had been called. Whether we were worthy of it or not is another matter. We have functioned, therefore, during these five years not only on the edge of history but sometimes plunging into the processes of making history.”

This can’t happen till both the BJP and Congress political leadership learn to differentiate between electoral politics and parliamentary responsibilities.

If the ruling NDA dispensation is not able to find ways to successfully complete its parliamentary duties, it must look within also and do some hard introspection if it wants to save future Parliament sessions from washouts in terms of legislative work.

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    DILIP
    Dec 15, 2015 at 12:58 pm
    This shouting is to show case illitrate people of India who vote based on such gimics
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      pkpk
      Dec 16, 2015 at 3:07 am
      Thank Subramanium Swamy along with FM who has angered both friends and foes alike with his arrogance and tough talking. Swamy will keep something ready in budget session also. Say goodbye to reforms now. Even some of the reforms which didn't require legislation like selling public sector enterprises, will remain pending for next govt in 2019, which most likely will be khichdi govt unable to do tough reforms. Even petroliem decontrol which would have been easiest with lowest prices in years are not complete. If Modi can see the writing on the wall, he should take tough decisions NOW. 1.5 lakh crore aid to BIHAR could not win him election, so he should do whatever he can do NOW.
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        Prateek Agrawal
        Dec 15, 2015 at 2:08 pm
        Congress had never done good to the country and didn't want any other to do the same.
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          Atul
          Dec 15, 2015 at 1:04 pm
          What can the BJP do? Ask the court not to summon these corrupt people who have been charged with looting the nation just to p the GST bill?
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            Atul
            Dec 15, 2015 at 1:38 pm
            Corrupt Sonia has bought over the media but I thought IE is independent as it was during Goenkaji 's days but I think it is not and supporting the corrupt mafia Sonia.I know this will be not published under the guise of moderation.
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              Atul
              Dec 15, 2015 at 1:54 pm
              I was already logged in where do I log in?
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                Atul
                Dec 16, 2015 at 2:20 am
                May be but it is still better than other newspapers and it's editor is independent to write what he thinks fit.It is far better than TOI who is pro Congress since the days of Nehru.
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                  Atul
                  Dec 15, 2015 at 1:11 pm
                  Mr Editor.This is only for you.Is Sonia not corrupt.There is no scanfal in the National Herald case,? If so why corrupt Sonia and Rahul are avoiding the court?
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