GST (Good and Services Tax) was the dominant theme at the BJP's Parliamentary Party meet in Parliament today.
Calling it a revolutionary step for India, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said that one tax will benefit the country and the consumer.
At the Parliamentary Party meeting Finance Minister Arun Jaitley explained the four GST bills to BJP MPs in great detail. Jaitley had tabled a batch of supplementary GST legislations--C-GST, I-GST, UT-GST and the compensation law--in Lok Sabha on Monday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked all the MPs to study about the GST in detail and then visit their constituencies and explain the people about the historic bill and how it will change the tax regime in the country.
The discussion on the GST bill will take place in Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Seven hours have been alloted for the discussion on the subject. The GST bill, once passed by Lok Sabha, will go to Rajya Sabha for consideration.
Besides the GST bill, induction of S M Krishna and M V Rajasekharan was also discussed at the BJP's Parliamentary Party meet.
Perturbed by low attendance in both Houses, MPs were once again reminded by the senior leaders to be present in Parliament.
Attendance of BJP MPs in the House has been a nagging concern for the top leadership. In the last Parliamentary Party meet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked MPs to make sure that they were present in both Houses when Parliament was in session.
The Prime Minister had said that he can call any MP anytime to check if he or she was present in the House.