The non-passage of GST bill will be a blow to the Indian democracy, economy and the overall development process, Union Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha has said.
“We are very desirous to get the GST bill and we are doing everything and making all efforts for this,” Sinha told reporters here, a day after Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu called on Congress chief Sonia Gandhi seeking her support for its passage.
Referring to Naidu’s meeting with Sonia Gandhi, Sinha said the BJP-led NDA government has been making all efforts to ensure passage of the GST bill.
Terming non-passage of the bill due to disruption of the Winter Session of Parliament by the Congress as a blow to Indian democracy, Sinha said though almost all political parties were in favour of the measure, all efforts went in vain due to Congress’ resistance.
Stating that the government was hopeful about the fate of the bill, he said when the Winter Session commenced, Congress came out with all kinds of excuses to block it.
Accusing the Congress of stalling Parliament on frivolous grounds, Sinha said the entire Winter Session was virtually washed out as the principal opposition party raised issues ranging from intolerance to DDCA.
Sinha said passage of the GST bill was crucial, especially after the NDA government successfully put the economy back on track through deft fiscal management, which has been acknowledged by international agencies too.