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Govt set to settle with Congress to pass GST bill in RS, orders full attendance



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It seems like the fate of long-pending Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill is going to decide soon as the government is likely to come up with fresh proposals over pending Congress demands on the passage to get the opposition party’s support in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Government sources said that while a prime Congress demand to drop the proposed one per cent additional tax on interstate sale had been met last week as the Union Cabinet decided to amend the bill, the government is willing to walk some distance on its other two demands — a cap of 18 per cent on the GST rate and an independent dispute redress mechanism.

The government lacks majority in the Rajya Sabha, where the Congress is the single-largest party.

The sources said the dispute redress mechanism will be structured in a way that the states will have a greater say in the matter and also added  that the GST rate will also be based on a principle that is fair to both the states and the consumers.

The mechanism to compensate states for the loss of revenue for five years has already been incorporated in the amended bill.

However on Monday, The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has issued a whip to all its Rajya Sabha members to be present in the house for the next three days to get the GST Bill passed.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told media that “The GST Bill is listed for Wednesday. We hope it will be passed through consensus.”

“The mood is in favour of passing the bill,” he said, adding that parleys are being held with different political parties as the bill concerns all the states.

The government had initially planned to take up the Goods and Services Tax Bill on Tuesday but opted to delay it by a day apparently because of Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s scheduled programme in Varanasi on Tuesday, which is likely to be attended by many party leaders as well Rajya Sabha members.

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The Congress said on Monday that it was prepared to accept every reasonable solution on the GST Bill but added that the consultations are still on.

“We are prepared to accept every reasonable solution which does not adversely affect business and industry, and does not adversely affect the federal structure and the consumer at large,” Congress spokesman P.L. Punia told reporters.

Noting that the GST is very important for the economy, industry, business and also for the consumers, he said: “We agree with that objective in mind. It is the Congress party which mooted the idea of GST, which was opposed by the BJP and especially the present Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.”

“We had raised certain valid issues and the negotiations are still on.”

The GST Bill, first mooted by the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government, envisions a pan-India GST to thoroughly overhaul India’s indirect tax regime. It has been already passed by the Lok Sabha.

The states will draft their own State GST (SGST) bills based on the draft model law with minor variations, incorporating state-specific exemptions.

The Centre and the states will also have to approve the integrated GST law or iGST, which will deal with inter-state movement of goods.

The constitution amendment bill needs to be ratified by more than half of the states.

Wefornews Bureau


UP Minister calls BJP arrogant, power drunk



Lucknow, March 19: Coalition blues hit the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh on Monday as senior cabinet minister and Suhaildev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) President Om Prakash Rajbhar accused the BJP of “not respecting its alliance partners”.

Predicting bad days for the Bharatiya Janata Party, the minister alleged that the ruling party had “lost its mental balance in the wake of the brute majority handed over to it in the UP Assembly”.

The remarks came on a day when the BJP government completed one year in office and rolled out grand celebrations on the occasion.

Rajbhar also created a flutter in political circles by announcing that his support for the BJP’s Rajya Sabha nominees was still uncertain.

He said his party could have got at least 30,000 votes for the BJP in the Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha by-elections but he was not even asked to campaign.

“The BJP’s humiliating defeat in the by-elections is a result of its arrogance and reflects that within one year they have lost the trust of the people,” Rajbhar told IANS on phone.

He accused the BJP government of paying attention only to temples and doing nothing for the poor, backwards, Dalits and farmers. “A lot is being said, claimed and written but on the ground nothing is seen.”

The minister, whose party has four members in the UP Assembly, added: “For now we are with the NDA but the BJP is not following the coalition dharma.”

He also told IANS that till BJP President Amit Shah speaks to him to settle the issues raised by him, his legislators will not participate in the Rajya Sabha biennial polls slated for March 23.


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Kolkata: Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao meets Mamata Banerjee to form third front



Kolkata, March 19: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Monday met his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee to form the third front ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha elections. 

Addressing media after a brief meeting, Banerjee said it is a good beginning. I think politics is a continuous process, whatever we have discussed is aimed towards development of the country.

Meanwhile, Rao stated it will be a collective leadership, it will be a federal leadership.

K Chandrashekhar Rao, with the Bengal CM by his side, said, “Our front will be a collective and federal, which will be different from the routine model. There is a need for political alternatives and the country needs a change.”

The Trinamool Congress supremo greeted KCR with a bouquet of flowers and discussed ways to unite the regional parties to take on the BJP before the high stakes 2019 general elections.


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HAM rebel leader joins JD-U in Bihar



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Patna, March 19: Senior Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) rebel leader Narendra Singh on Monday formally joined the ruling Janata Dal-United here and announced he will strengthen the BJP-led NDA.

Narendra Singh, a former minister, merged his faction of HAM with the JD-U in the presence of Bihar Chief Minister and party President Nitish Kumar.

Earlier on Sunday, Narendra Singh, who revolted against HAM President Jitan Ram Manjhi’s unilateral decision to break ties with the NDA and join hands with the Grand Alliance of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), declared his faction of the party the “real HAM”.

Narendra Singh was one of the few senior leaders along with former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to join HAM that was formed before the 2015 Assembly polls.

In February, Manjhi formally joined the Grand Alliance, hours after he announced its exit from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).


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