BJP issues whip to RS members amid possibility of GST passage

| Monday, August 1, 2016 - 16:09
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New Delhi: The BJP on Monday issued a whip to its Rajya Sabha members to be present in the House for the next three days, sources said.
The whip has been issued as the government is likely to move the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the Upper House on Tuesday.
The government has listed the Bill in the agenda for this week for consideration and passage.

GST bill had been passed in the BJP-dominated Lok Sabha in 2015 but could not get through in the Rajya Sabha last year where BJP is in minority. 
It was Congress that first mentioned about GST in 2009 but denies agreeing on the specifics of the bill re-drafted by NDA in 2014.
Though the Congress has agreed on a debate session over the proposal of the bill, it will be interesting to see whether it is going to be a genuine and productive debate or would it simply disrupt the discussions by attacking the government on recent political shortcomings/controversies. It was actually a token of mutual understanding between the Centre and the opposition, the former agreeing on Congress’ pitch on discussing the recent unrest in Kashmir.


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