Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday appealed to the opposition to help pass the crucial Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the upcoming monsoon parliament session. The meeting was organized ahead of the session that starts tomorrow.
"GST is of national importance. Issue is not which government gets credit. Important Bills, including GST will be taken up in the monsoon session and I hope for meaningful discussions and outcomes," he said in the meeting.
Government has held several talks with Congress in hopes of the consent. "All of us represent both the people and parties and let's keep national interests above everything else," he added.
The Prime Minister's pitch followed several talks to settle differences over tax reform legislation stalled in parliament for years.
"We have not taken any decision that we have to stop a bill. We will support on merit. We will support any bill which is in support of people, progress and growth," Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said today.
On the same matter Jyotiraditya Scindia said, "We want a concrete draft proposal from the government on GST. If we know how they plan to address the three contentious issues, we can revert."
The next meeting between the government and the Congress is expected to take place on Tuesday. The proposed reform is India's biggest revenue shake-up since independence in 1947.