GST Bill Stalled Yet Again, No Consensus Reached

15/12/2015 9:09 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - DECEMBER 7: BJP Rajya Sabha MP Mansukh L Mandaviya arrives on his cycle at Parliament during the winter session on December 7, 2015 in New Delhi, India. The third week of the winter session of Parliament is likely to see the NDA government push for passage of key legislation including the GST Bill. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- No consensus emerged between the main opposition Congress and the Central Government on Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill on Monday.

Congress leader Anand Sharma said the government and Congress will have another round of consultations.

Briefing media in New Delhi, Sharma said Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge was not present, therefore, it was decided to meet again.

Sharma also said engagement between the Government and the Opposition could not be restricted to one single issue.

Criticising the Government for its keenness to discuss only the GST bill, Sharma said the Centre should also think over other pending key bills.

Earlier on Monday, the government had held a meeting with the main opposition to build consensus on the GST Bill, which was attended by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whereas Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma and Jyotiraditya Scindia were present from the Congress side.

The Bill has already been cleared by the Lok Sabha. Congress has been demanding GST rate at 18 per cent for bulk of goods and services and scrapping of one per cent inter-state tax.

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