Naidu Meets Sonia on GST, Seeks Support

Naidu Meets Sonia on GST, Seeks Support

Submitted by Newseditor on Thu, 2016-01-07 23:49 New Delhi: In an effort to get the opposition on board to get the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Real Estate Bills passed, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday held a meeting withCongress president Sonia Gandhiand former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh to seek their cooperation for. Naidu told Gandhi that the Government is ready to advance the Budget Session, if her party comes on board and other parties agree to it. Naidu also conveyed his government's views on issues raised by the main opposition on the GST. Naidu said Gandhi had assured him to get back after holding internal discussion with her party leaders on the issues. The GST Bill is stuck in the Rajya Sabha, where the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) lacks numbers. The Bill has already been cleared by the Lok Sabha. The Bills could not be passed during the Monsoon Session due to disruption of Parliamentary proceedings and Congress' opposition to some issues related to the legislative proposals. The Congress wants scrapping of one percent inter-state tax and capping of GST rate at 18 percent in the Constitutional Bill itself, besides, more say for the states in GST council for resolution of grievances. The government has already addressed most of the concerns raised by the Congress. On the Real Estate Bill, the government has already accepted recommendations of the Select Committee. (ANI)