CGST BIll passed in Rajya Sabha after Manmohan Singh urges Opposition to not to move amendments

Mohammed Uzair Shaikh
"I urge not to push amendments in GST Bill for the sake of consensus," the former Prime Minister said, receiving applause from ruling bench.

New Delhi, April 6: The Central Goods and Service Tax (CGST) was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday without any amendments. Members CPI(M) and TMC, from Opposition ranks, aimed to introduced amendments to the legislation sent by Lower House. However, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged the members to pass the Bill with no amendments in order to keep consensus intact.

“I urge not to push amendments in GST Bill for the sake of consensus,” Manmohan said, receiving applause from ruling side. Paying heed to his request, not only the Congress, but the Left and TMC also decided not to sent back the Bill to Lok Sabha with amendments. The development came a day after Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi met Sitaram Yechury to discuss whether it would be futile for Opposition to bring amendments in Rajya Sabha, since the legislations related to GST have been introduced by Centre as Money Bills.