Congress chalks out strategy for GST Bill ahead of discussion in Lok Sabha

The principal Opposition party will be raising the concerns around the reform measure, give suggestions to the NDA government and also seek amendments in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

The Congress has decided not to oppose the indirect tax reform measure on Wednesday in the Lok Sabha in order to avoid being seen as against the much awaited GST Bill. However, the principal Opposition party will be raising the concerns, give suggestions to the NDA government and also seek amendments.

Congress charted out this strategy during the party MPs' meeting, which was headed by vice president Rahul Gandhi on today.

According to the senior leaders of the party, after the MPs shared their views on the GST Bill, it was decided that the inputs will be given to former Union Minister Dr Veerappa Moily. He will represent the party during the discussion in the Lok Sabha.

"The major concern was the number of tax slabs. There are many slabs which would not work and will eventually lead to chaos in the country. We are not opposing the GST but will just give suggestions," said an MP present in the meeting.

Stating that it is Congress' bill, the leader added that during the MPs meet, Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi told them that the party should play a constructive Opposition's role.

"Gandhi said we should not be seen as against the GST Bill. He even asked us to raise the plight of farmers and the farm loan waiver issue in the House," Congress senior leaders added.

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