Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Friday indicated that there is a slim chance of the BJP and the Congress reaching a consensus on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill unless the ruling government accepts the Opposition demands.
Reiterating party’s stand on the controversial bill, Rahul said the Congress has put up three conditions in Rajya Sabha, which are putting a cap on the rate of GST at less than 20%, scrapping a proposed state levy and creating an independent mechanism to resolve disputes on revenue sharing between states.
The ruling BJP has been reaching out to the Congress after the bill was not allowed to pass in the Winter Session. Rahul pointed out that the Congress did not want to compromise on conditions such as putting a cap on the tax to be charged as the government may increase the taxes in the future and would burden the people.
Rahul also made it clear that Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam would not be removed from his post following the controversy over publishing anti-Nehru articles in the party mouthpiece.
Attacking the BJP-Shiv Sena government, Rahul urged party workers to get Congress mayor in the 2017 civic polls.