GST Bill: BJP accuses Cong of stalling nation’s progress

Lucknow, Dec. 12 (ANI): Slamming the Congress party for disrupting the proceedings of the Parliament, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday accused them of stalling the progress of the nation by not letting the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill pass.

“It was evident from the beginning that Congress did not want to allow Parliament to function. They are looking for excuses to stall the Parliament proceedings, at first they spoke about Gen. VK Singh then when National Herald case came up they said that it was political vendetta. Now, they have again done a U-turn and are saying that it was due to General VK Singh issue,” BJP leader Siddhart Nath Singh told ANI.

“Basically, they do not want the GST, which is essential for reforms in the nation, to be passed. They want to stall nation’s progress,” he added.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had also said that the Congress was stalling the proceedings of the Parliament to block the GST Bill.

The Congress MPs have in the last few days disrupted the Parliament with continuous protest over the National Herald case and alleged ‘vendetta politics’ leading to repeated adjournments of both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

A key government committee, headed by Chief Economic Advisory (CEA) Arvind Subramanian, has suggested a standard GST rate of 17-18 percent, increasing chances of a consensus on the key reform so that the constitutional amendment that it entails can get passed in the current winter session as the clock ticks down to the April 1 deadline.

The committee has excluded real estate, electricity, alcohol and petroleum products while calculating tax rates, but has suggested to bringing them under the GST ambit soon.

The three demands by the Congress over the Bill are that they want to cap the rate of GST at less than 20 percent, scrap a proposed state levy and create an independent mechanism to resolve disputes on revenue sharing between states. (ANI)

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