New Delhi: Bihar Assembly on Tuesday ratified the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Constitutional Amendment Bill after it was passed by both houses of Parliament earlier this month. With this, Bihar has become the second state in India to pass the GST bill.
The GST bill was ratified in a one-day special session of the Bihar Assembly with voice vote. Only one MLA of CPI (ML), Mehboob Alam opposed the Bill and walked out of the Assembly.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had last week called Finance Minsiter Arun Jaitley and offered to have GST Bill passed on August 16.
In an interview to NDTV, Nitish Kumar said that his support to GST helped Prime Minister Narendra Modi win the support of Opposition parties especially the Congress, which, for years, had stalled the reform.Kumar told Bihar law-makers that he had backed the government on insisting that an upper limit for the GST should not be laid out in the constitution.
FLASH: Bihar Assembly passes GST Constitutional Amendment Bill.
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