NEW DELHI: Clearing the air over its stance in the parliament on supporting the passage of the GST bill, the opposition party Indian National Congress(INC) said that it does not intend to give over-priority only to the GST bill when there are other important bills pending in the parliament. The statement from Congress indirectly sends a message that it is impossible for the Government to pass the GST legislature as it is in the current form.
“The bill has been pending in the parliament for a long time and is led by the Prime Minister in his own capacity. It still remains a work in progress. We do have many other vital legislature bills pending in the parliament and there is no need for any one to over-prioritize GST bill”, Anand Sharma, the deputy leader of Rajya Sabha said.
“The bill has several things to be sorted out before re-introducing it into the parliament. The government had informal talks with the opposition but there isn’t any clarity over the changes in the GST bill as per our demands. It is an important bill which requires a lot of discussion before being adopted”, he added.
The comment from the Congress’s floor leader came a day before the Congress leadership reviews its strategy over parliamentary blockade and its stance on the GST on Sunday.
lashing out at the INC, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the opposition party has been changing its stance every day without any clear agenda for themselves. He went on to say that the Congress leaders believes that only their family members should rule the country. “I don’t find whats that bothering the Indian National Congress. I see that they are only aiming at stalling the parliament and creating hurdles to the Government, rather than marching forward with the Government in reforms that will help for the overall development of the country”, FM Jaitley said.
“We have approached the opposition on a positive note and assured that all of their demands will be addressed. But, they want the tariffs to be incorporated into the bill. Are tariffs ever cast in stone. It happens nowhere in this world. You (Congress) are trying to impose an impossible condition,” he added.