The bill is due to be tabled in both the houses of parliament in the ongoing winter session

For GST Modi invites Sonia and Manmohan for chai
news GST bill Friday, November 27, 2015 - 15:20

PM Modi on Friday invited Congress president Sonia Gandhi and his predecessor Manmohan Singh for tea at his residence as a cloud of doubt still remains over the much coveted GST bill.

The meeting is likely to be held at 7 RCR on Friday evening.

According to media reports, this is the first time that the two leaders Sonia Gandhi and Modi will meet face-to-face after a similar meeting post the elections.

Rahul Gandhi who had earlier met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesdaytold NDTV, "This meeting is happening after public pressure."

However, that meeting was understood to be a personal call.

The bill is due to be tabled in both the houses of parliament in the ongoing winter session of parliament and the government needs consensus of the opposition if it has to meet the previously set deadline of April 2016.

Although the BJP and its allies enjoy a majority in the Lok Sabha, they are outnumbered in the Rajyasabha.

The bill is one of the big bang reforms that the BJP had promised in the run up to the elections. The new indirect tax regime is proposed to simplify running of business and boost growth, according to the BJP.

The Congress which had earlier asked for 18 modifications on the proposed bill seems to have lowered their demand down to three modifications, out of which one is a cap of 18 % is a common demand by most of the opposition. The other demands include the 1% tax for manufacturers and an independent dispute resolution mechanism for GST.

Read here:  Where does each party stand on the GST bill?

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