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To ensure GST passage, BJP asks members to be present in Rajya Sabha

india Updated: Aug 01, 2016 19:13 IST
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A view of the Rajya Sabha during the monsoon session of Parliament, in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

With the GST Bill likely to tabled in the Rajya Sabha this week, BJP told party members on Monday to be present in the House for the next three days during which the party expects the legislation to be passed.

Party sources said the advice was in connection with the GST Bill, which has been high on the government’s agenda but was stalled by Congress over some provisions.

To bring Congress on board, the government last week cleared changes in the constitutional amendment bill, including doing away with the additional 1% tax by producing states and compensating states for any revenue loss in the first five years post the GST roll out.

The main Opposition party, which has the most numbers in the Rajya Sabha, has indicated softening of its stand but made no categorical assurance of its support so far.

BJP parliamentary party is also meeting on Tuesday and senior ministers may brief the members about the bill and other important issues on the agenda in the coming days.