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Centre failed to build consensus on GST: Jaitley

Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley has said the government must rebuild ‘trust’ with the opposition-ruled states if it was keen to pass introduce key measures like the goods and services tax (GST).

delhi Updated: May 10, 2011 00:55 IST
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Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley has said the government must rebuild ‘trust’ with the opposition-ruled states if it was keen to pass introduce key measures like the goods and services tax (GST).

Addressing Ficci’s national executive committee meeting here, Jaitely said the government failed to build a consensus with opposition-ruled states on the proposed GST.

While the opposition is ready to see merit in GST, the government is “building some kind of mistrust” on it, he said.

“The opposition had helped the government pass the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Upper House (where the UPA is in minority), introduction of the Pensions Bill and passage of the Civil Nuclear Bill. However, the government has not reciprocated this gesture on several issues,” he said.

Citing instances of discrimination of non-Congress governments, he said the Centre was not approving an international airport in Uttar Pradesh as the Congress had no chance of coming to power there in the near future.

“In Orissa, every second project is scuttled. In ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ programme, governments of 90 countries were represented but not the Government of India,” he said.

He also said the UPA cannot use the argument of “compulsion of coalition politics” to justify some of its controversial decisions and alleged that there was lack of leadership in the ruling coalition.

Jaitley said the leader of the government should be the leader of the coalition and the core of the coalition (the main party) should be strong. “But the core itself has become a coalition,” he said, alluding to power centres within the Congress and the government.

“If there is a misconduct, the PM cannot wait for three years. A leader must have the capacity to enforce agenda. He must have the capacity to have the last word...Leadership is about deciding and enforcing decisions,” he said.