Naidu meets Sonia, discusses GST
| Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 14:38
New Delhi: Hinting at an early budget session, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday met Congress president Sonia Gandhi seeking cooperation on the GST Bill.
"Met Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh over Goods and Services Tax (GST) issue. They had raised some issues which have been addressed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley," Naidu told the media after the meeting.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sources said the leaders discussed the GST Bill and Real Estate Bill.
Naidu also said the government was willing to call for an early budget session if required.
The Constitution Amendment bill to roll out GST is stuck in the Rajya Sabha where the ruling NDA government does not have a majority of its own. The bill is being opposed by Congress although many other opposition parties are supporting it.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had recently said that the passage of the ambitious GST regime is one of the priority areas of the government in 2016 along with rationalising the direct taxes and further easing of process for doing business.