NEW DELHI: After the conclusion of the first day of the parliament, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hoped positive outcome from the Indian National Congress over supporting the long delayed Goods and services tax bill in the Upper house. Mr Jaitley added that the Prime Minister was ready to speak to everyone to discuss over the landmark reform(GST).
When asked about Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s comments that the Prime Minister had not spoken to Sonia Gandhi over the GST bill, Mr Jaitley said “Our Government has no hesitation in speaking to anyone in the opposition. We never had it before and we don’t have it. The prime minister is willing to speak to everyone”.
Arun Jaitley stressed that the Government had an open mind to discuss the concerns of the opposition parties and added that the Government will amend its proposal if the opposition had a much greater suggestion on the outcome of the GST bill.
“we are always open to the suggestions of the opposition. If they are sound enough, we will not hesitate to incorporate them in our proposal. However, we cannot have a flawed GST bill just because of political pressures. This is an amendment which will stay on for decades. There are certain grounds on which we are not ready to compromise”, the FM added.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested the opposition’s support in passing the landmark GST bill, without any political pressures. Modi said that his Government was keen to implement the new law with effective from April 1st, 2016.