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Time Running Out As Govt Renews Talks With Congress On GST

Time is running out for the Narendra Modi government in this winter session, even as it resumed the outreach towards the Congress on the key indirect GST legislation, on Monday. The ongoing winter session of Parliament concludes on Dec 23.

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Time is running out for the Narendra Modi government in this winter session, even as it resumed the outreach towards the Congress on the key indirect GST legislation, on Monday. The ongoing winter session of Parliament concludes on December 23.

In an effort to narrow down the differences between the two parties, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu held talks with the leaders of Congress in the Rajya Sabha – Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma.

That the talks remained inconclusive was evident from the tone of Azad when he later told mediapersons: “When we raise issues in Parliament, no action is taken; they only write blogs”.

Azad was alluding to a blog titled “Pt Nehru and Parliament” written by Jaitley where he had referred to the GST legislation, and “how the nation was waiting for the Parliament to legislate and approve a historic Constitution amendment enabling the GST”.

In his meeting with the Congress leaders, the Finance Minister is believed to have repeated that the Centre is willing to look at the 1 per cent tax on manufacturing states, a key demand of the Congress. The government side is also believed to have reiterated that it would be difficult to mention the 18 per cent cap in the constitution amendment bill.

Except for the first week of this winter session which ran smoothly, with Parliament productivity as high as 95 per cent, there have been frequent disruptions in the winter session. Jaitley referred to the disruptions when he said in the said blog: “The current session of Parliament is also threatened with a washout. The reasons for the washout of the current session keep changing by the hour”.

This particular assessment of Jaitley seems to be true. For, the continuous disruptions by the Congress in the Rajya Sabha started immediately after the National Herald case verdict.

Once the Congress started getting the feedback that the disruptions were not doing them any good, they started saying that the “disruptions were not linked to the National Herald case or GST”, and that there were other issues as well (raised by the party on Monday).


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