Ex-Punjab CM Amarinder Singh slams Congress over GST Bill

Hinting at a special session to get the long-delayed GST bill passed, senior union ministers including Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman today said the government is “optimistic” about meeting the rollout target for the uniform nationwide tax regime from April next.

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, which met on Thursday, decided not to recommend immediate prorogation of the houses.

Government had yesterday moved for consideration of Rajya Sabha the Constitution amendment bill for introduction of GST but a debate on it was blocked by a vociferous Congress which raised procedural issues.

The Congress has also been demanding the resignation of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on the same ground and that of her Madhya Pradesh counterpart Shivraj Singh Chouhan for the multi-crore Vyapam scam.

Yadav said that the Congress either speak inside the House and parties will decide their support thereafter or should boycott the House and go to the people directly.

Meanwhile, replying over this, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley criticized Congress for deliberately raising various issues just to hinder the country’s growth.

He said the stalling of Parliament by Congress through its lung power was because the Gandhi family cannot accept an outsider ruling the country.

The total washout of Parliament’s monsoon session, with no major legislation being passed, is an indication of the degradation in the discourse of Indian politics (“Session ends, but acrimony lingers”, August 14).

He also ridiculed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over his “rent a cause” approach, saying “he can not make a distinction between parliamentary speech and sloganeering and the more he grows old, the more he is immature”.

However, Congress and NCP maintained that it was because of the NDA government at the centre that the monsoon session came out to be a complete failure.

Without naming Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Jaitley criticised her for marching to the well of the Lok Sabha.

It brings to the Court’s notice that the working of the 15 Lok Sabha over its five year term was disrupted frequently, making the productivity of the 15 Lok Sabha to be the worst in the last fifty years. India’s economy is only slowly limping back to a path of stability and growth, with the first signs of investment cycle restarting.

He also hinted that a special session could be called for passage of GST.

“All these three are unanimous decisions of the States to which even those ruled by the Congress are privy”.

“They (Congress) created a balloon against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, but it deflated. Chidambaram accepted that report in 2013, and then accepted the formula that disputes should be resolved in the GST Council which is one third central voting power, 2/3 states with a 3/4th majority required for any decision”, Jaitley said.