The government will probably introduce the GST Bill on the first day of the monsoon session of Parliament. The session is to commence on July 18. Government is also trying to board on the members for the long-pending legislation.
“We will bring the GST Bill in the first week of the session. It will be taken up on the first working day of the House,” a Union minister told the media. Earlier, the Bill was listed for business in the middle or end of the sessions.
“The GST is the priority Bill in the monsoon session. We will make all attempts to pass it and I am confident that we will be able to pass it in this session,” Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told The Indian Express.
Former Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had earlier called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi to try and soften the congress party’s stand on the Bill.
The government however is confident that they will get the support from Left parties, even as the CPM leadership has distanced itself from its Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac’s unequivocal backing of the goods and services tax.
Customary all-party meeting would happen on July 17. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will also meet leaders of all parties the same day. Besides, an NDA meeting is expected to firm up the ruling alliance’s strategy for the session.