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Negotiations with govt have brought near consensus on GST: Congress

India TV Politics Desk New Delhi 02 Aug 2016, 22:33:18 PM IST
India TV Politics Desk

In a clear signal that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill may be passed smoothly in the Upper House of the Parliament, Congress deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha today said that negotiations with the government has brought near consensus among political parties on the bill.

“Negotiations with the government helped bring clarity, understanding and a near consensus on issues,” Anand Sharma said.

He also pointed out that the government has now understood that what the party was saying had merit in it.

“During negotiations with the government, it is clear what we were saying had merit and justification,” Anand Sharma added.

Earlier in the day, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi met Leader of the party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Deputy Leader of the party in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma, among others, in Parliament House and discussed various points regarding the key tax reform legislation.

The government has said talks are on with major political parties to build a consensus on the measure before it is taken up for consideration and passage in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow.

"We would list the bill for consideration tomorrow in Rajya Sabha. We have talked to all parties and the Prime Minister had said at the beginning of this session that GST is in the interest of all. We hope the GST Bill will be passed with consensus," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters after BJP Parliamentary Party meeting.

At the BJP meet, Jaitley also briefed the MPs about the bill.

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, which has been in the making for over a decade, entails introduction of a single indirect tax regime across the country.