The government continued with its efforts to build a consensus over the passage of the GST bill in the monsoon session of the Parliament. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley regarding the matter after which he offered JDU's support to the legislation.
Nitish Kumar not only met Jaitley, but also cleared the facts. Kumar earlier in the Rajya Sabha pitched for its expeditious passage to enable states get a share of the Service Tax which is not shared under the provisions of 14th Finance Commission.
"We have always supported the GST. We supported it during the UPA and support it now. This is in the interest of the country and states," the JDU chief told media after the meeting. His party spokesperson KC Tyagi also said that the bill should be passed in this session.
Congress, however, remained non-committal on their support talk to the bill. A spokesperson said that congress is hoping for a platform where all the parties can come together and ensure to gets the bill passed.
Briefing reporters, Congress spokesman Gaurav Gogoi said his party has stated its position prior to the session which was very clear and conveyed to the government.
On whether the party was invited for more consultations, he said as of now he had no information regarding any further invitation by the government for a meeting.