NEW DELHI: Taking a back step in its stance, the Government of India has on Monday approached the political opposition parties to get support for the much delayed Goods and services tax bill (GST Bill). Accordingly, the Government may accept some of the changes proposed by the Indian National Congress so that the bill gets the opposition nod in the winter session of the parliament.
GST bill is a constitutional amendment bill and it has been sidelined for a longtime even after the lower house accepted the amendment. The Indian National Congress, which has the majority in the upper house(Rajya Sabha) rejected the bill and proposed a few changes in it for which the BJP-led Central Government opposed.
The latest developments ensure that the bill may get its nod in the Rajya Sabha during the winter session of the parliament. As per the Parliament proceedings, a majority of both the Upper and the Lower houses of the parliament must support a bill to be passed and sent to the President for his nod.
Sources said that Senior union ministers Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu and Rajnath Singh have on Monday met in the North Block to discuss the passage of the landmark GST bill. It has been reported that the Government is considering to accept some of the seven changes proposed by the opposition in order to get their nod over the bill in Rajya Sabha.
A senior Minister from the Union Cabinet said that the Government will do all necessary to get the bill passed during the winter session of the parliament. However, the Government may only accept a few proposals of the Congress without changing the core of the bill, the TOI reported.
Indian National Congress, which had a single majority in the Rajya Sabha has been a problem for the Central Government in the recent times as the opposition party opposed almost every reform put forward by the Government.
The Central Government is now considering meeting the Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, as the discussions with the congress floor leaders of both the houses were not fruitful.