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GST bill to come up in Punjab today, Congress issues whip to MLAs

GST is a money bill and a government can fall if it falls short of the numbers. According to sources in the Congress, with both the AAP and SAD-BJP closing ranks, the party is taking no chances in case some of its MLAs give the day’s sitting a miss.

punjab Updated: Jun 23, 2017 09:58 IST
HT Correspondent
GST is a money bill and a government can fall if it falls short of the numbers.
GST is a money bill and a government can fall if it falls short of the numbers.(HT Photo)

With nearly a two-thirds majority in the House, the Congress is still worried while bringing a money bill -- Good and Services Tax (GST) Bill -- on the last day of the budget session on Friday.

Punjab minister for parliamentary affairs Brahm Mohindra has issued a whip to all 77 Congress MLAs to be present in the House. The message reads, “Presence of all members of the House is important as voting on an important legislation may take place. The members should be present positively, full-time, during the house sittings to take part in the debate, and voting, if any, and remain present till the business of the House is over.”

GST is a money bill and a government can fall if it falls short of the numbers. According to sources in the Congress, with both the AAP and SAD-BJP closing ranks, the party is taking no chances in case some of its MLAs give the day’s sitting a miss.

On agenda

■ Goods and services tax bill

■ Amendment to Punjab Excise Act to fix distance of liquor vends beyond 500 metres of highways

■ Confiscation of Drug Dealers Property Act

■ Punjab Infrastructure (Development & Regulation) Amendment Bill 2017

Not coming

■ Conflict of Interest Bill

■ Cable network (regulation) Bill

■ Appointment of chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) Bill