Rahul summons Congress leaders to discuss GST Bill

Aug 31, 2019 ijtbcwii

first_imgA day after Sonia Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday called a meeting on the issue of GST Bill, summoning senior party leaders.According to sources, Mallikarjun Kharge met Rahul Gandhi to discuss the party’s stand on the GST Bill. “If our concerns are met, a formula is reached, then we can move ahead,” Kharge had told reporters earlier. Meanwhile, Venkaiah Naidu expressed optimism that the GST Bill would be passed in this session of the Parliament. “Sonia ji said that in principle they support the bill, just that a few changes need to be made. I am optimistic,” Naidu said on the PM’s meeting with Congress President. “The public, everyone wants the GST passed. A good beginning has been made; PM’s meeting with Sonia ji was very good,” he added.  In a bid to give a push to the stalled GST Bill, PM Modi reached out to the Opposition and tried to assuage concerns over intolerance. He later met Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh to break the ice, raising hopes of a deal on the key reform Bill.  Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damModi’s meeting with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and his predecessor Manmohan Singh on Friday evening was intended to resolve the imbroglio over the goods & services tax (GST) Bill -yielded no immediate outcome but may have broken the ice, giving some hope to the government that a deal could be reached soon. Both sides parted with the understanding that they would meet again. “With regard to the GST Bill, the subject was discussed. Congress leaders explained their position on the three issues while the history and background of the issue was explained to them (by the government). Congress will discuss the issue within the party and get back,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters after the meeting. Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu were present at the meeting.  Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeEven Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha expressed the hope that the GST Bill will be passed in Parliament and implemented soon. “On the GST… We are hopeful, we remain hopeful,” Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said on Saturday while addressing the annual session of PHD Chamber of Commerce. Hopefully, the GST will be implemented soon, he added.Taking a dig at PM, Congress General Secretary, Digvijay Singh Modi initiated discussion on GST with Congress Sonia Gandhi and former Manmohan Singh after BJP was trounced in Bihar Assembly elections. “The people of Bihar deserved to be congratulated for pulling Modi from sky and brought him down to earth by defeating his party in the recent assembly elections,” Singh told reporters at his residence here.“Modiji has initiated discussion on GST with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh after suffering humiliating defeat in Bihar,” he said.last_img

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