GST bill deadlock: PM invites Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh for tea

New Delhi (PTI): Reaching out to main opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh for tea this evening during which issues like GST may come up.

Modi today invited the Congress leaders at his Race Course Road residence at 7 PM, sources said.

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This assumes significance as the Government and the Congress are at loggerheads which is stalling the passage of crucial legislations like the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had yesterday said that the Prime Minister is willing to speak to everyone to get the landmark indirect tax law through.

Jaitley, who needs Parliament approval for GST Bill in the winter session to roll out the new indirect tax regime as planned from April 1, said he has spoken to “almost all Congress leaders” on the issue.

“We have absolutely no hesitation even at the level of Prime Minister. We have never had in it in the past, we don’t have it (now). He is willing to speak to everyone,” he had said.

Congress had stalled passage of the GST Constitution Amendment Bill in the last session of Parliament over its demand that a revenue-neutral rate not higher than 18 per cent be mentioned in it. It is also opposed to states being given powers to levy additional 1 per cent tax on supply of goods over and above GST rate.

8 Comments

  1. “Reaching out to main opposition….” – Report

    Main opposition? It only has 44 seats with a clueless leader who goes on hiking in Columbia without telling anyone!!

  2. Main opposition? It only has 44 seats with a clueless leader who goes on hiking in Columbia without telling anyone!!-Atheist Mr.Original

    Sir,Stop subscribing to RSS mouthpiece ‘Panchajanya’ and ‘Organiser’.They don’t give you the right figures. Congress won Madhya Pradesh By-Poll, Now Has 45 Lok Sabha Seats drubbing BJP tainted with ‘Vyapam scam’.

    As far as GST bill,

    There has always existed a broad political consensus over the GST legislation. It got stuck in recent years because of the sheer obstinacy of Modi who, as Chief Minister of Gujarat, blocked the Centre’s efforts in this direction for political ends. It is an open secret that the BJP disrupted several sessions of Parliament in 2011 because cases of terror involving extremist Hindutva elements were coming to the fore. For the Sangh Parivar, the greater national interest then was to somehow force the Centre to dilute the probe into Hindutva terror cases. GST wouldn’t have figured anywhere near that paramount interest of the Parivar.

    Jaitley has argued that precious economic growth is being sacrificed because of the delay in the implementation of GST. It is true that a robust, single GST replacing the myriad cascading state-level taxes that currently exist, will reduce the overall tax rate, create a common market and reduce inflation. There is an estimate that the implementation of a proper GST could boost GDP by up to 2 percentage points a year.Today, the large number of varying and cascading taxes result in a total indirect tax incidence of close to 30% for both the Centre and states taken together. A single GST at 18-20% could reduce indirect tax levels by a full 10 percentage points. That would undoubtedly serve as a big boost for GDP growth.

    If this is true, then the BJP must first explain why it allowed the nation to sacrifice 2 percentage points of additional GDP over the last 4 to 5 years. If the BJP had cooperated with the Manmohan Singh government, the GST would have been operational by 2012. Now it is scheduled to kick off only by April 2016, if everything goes right in Parliament.

    Yes, the GST Delay is Hurting Growth, but Modi Has as Much to Answer For as Sonia and India why BJP blocked GST bill for three years when it was opposition?

    Let’s watch is this pre winter Lok Sabha session of ‘Chai pe charcha’ with opposition has some under the table deals?

    Jai Hind

  3. “Congress won Madhya Pradesh By-Poll, Now Has 45 Lok Sabha Seats drubbing BJP …” writes Sharia Shaikh.

    Ok – great. I guess now that they have moved from 44 to 45, it makes them a strong opposition party to BJP!! LOL LOL LOL

  4. I guess now that they have moved from 44 to 45, it makes them a strong opposition party to BJP!! -Atheist Mr.Original

    Sir,Congress is really proving even 45 numbers is enough to put good opposition. See now PM Modi inviting ‘Maun Mohan’ and ‘Italian’ and begging to pave way for GST BILL once they opposed.

    Dude,When when is the last time you went to your spiritual guru Swami Nityanand?

    Jai Hind

    • Begging? How delusional are you? As far as opposition goes, we all saw the tactics used by Congress party all these days. In order to please its ‘vote bank’, it sent Mani ‘Shaikh’ Ayyar and Khurshid to Pakistan and praise Pakistaani leaders. I’m sure it made you and your community very happy to see anti-indian rhetoric by Congress leaders in Pakistan. Do you consider yourself an Indian or something else? Let us know.

      • If am not wrong Advani(A) went to pakistan & praised Jinnah & BJP when in opposition did more than this advana for vote bank. When Vajapayee was PM they went until Pakistan to drop the militants who were jailed etc. So please tell who is true Indian & who is not

      • Original R.Pai – “As far as opposition goes, we all saw the tactics used by Congress party all these days. In order to please its ‘vote bank’, it sent Mani ‘Shaikh’ Ayyar and Khurshid to Pakistan and praise Pakistaani leaders. I’m sure it made you and your community very happy to see anti-indian rhetoric by Congress leaders in Pakistan. Do you consider yourself an Indian or something else? Let us know.”

        DID YOU ASK THIS QUESTION WHEN THE UPA GOVERNMENT WAS FIGHTING TERRORISM AND THE EX-DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND RSS-BJP LEADER L. K. ADVANI GOES TO PAKISTAN AND SAYS THAT MOHAMMOD ALI JINNAH, THE PERSON WHO PARTITIONED INDIA, IS THE MOST SECULAR PERSON UNDER THE SON, AND PARTITION OF INDIA WAS BECAUSE OF NEHRU AND THE CONGRESS LEADERSHIP, AND NOT DUE TO JINNAH OR THE BRITISH!

        HAVE YOU EVER ASKED THIS QUESTION, WHEN ADVANI AND OTHER RSS PEOPLE MADE SUCH STATEMENTS?

      • In order to please its ‘vote bank’, it sent Mani ‘Shaikh’ Ayyar and Khurshid to Pakistan and praise Pakistaani leaders. – RampaNNA

        And whom do you think your lost shepherd aka Maaaargadarshaka was praising when he said described the founder of Pakistan as “secular” and an “ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity”? Frank Sinatra? Or Frank Zappa?

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