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Cong. stalls GST Bill in Rajya Sabha

Govt. introduces GST Bill amid Opposition uproar. The monsoon session of Parliament appears to be heading for a washout. Photo: Sandeep Saxena  

The Government on Tuesday moved for consideration of Rajya Sabha the Constitution Amendment Bill for introduction of GST. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who moved the much-delayed Bill, slammed the Congress, saying the party was raising various issues just to stall the country’s growth.

Earlier, Congress leader Anand Sharma said a discussion on the GST bill cannot be taken up as it was not discussed in the Business Advisory Committee and no time had been allocated for it. He objected to the Bill being listed in the business without the consent of members.

Amid stormy scenes and vociferous slogan shouting by Congress members, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said, “This being a Constitution Amendment Bill, I cannot take up the Bill in pandemonium”. He then adjourned the House for the day.

A Constitution amendment requires Division of votes for which every member has to be in his or her seat.

FM hits out at Sonia, Rahul

Mr. Jaitley said the Congress stands isolated with almost no political group supporting its disruptionist tactics.

“It is clear that its two leaders have taken their 2014 defeat very badly. And therefore they are unable to accept the fact that anybody outside the Gandhi family can also rule this country,” he said, without naming Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi.

“Its policies were a liability on the economy of this country, when the Congress was in the government. It continues to be a liability on the economy of this country even when it is in opposition,” he told reporters minutes after Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day.

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