GST Bill will ‘definitely’ be passed: Javadekar

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A day after Parliament was adjourned sine die, the government today came down heavily on the Congress, blaming it for the near washout of the monsoon session and asserted that the GST Bill will “definitely” be passed. “I tell you that GST Bill will definitely be passed. You take it down. Even in the Rajya Sabha, we enjoy majority for GST,” Union Environment and Forest Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters. He also hinted that a special session could be called for passage of GST. Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned sine die yesterday and the two Houses have not yet been prorogued. “As you know this session has been adjourned sine die, but not prorogued,” he replied to a question whether a special session would be convened. Javadekar blamed the Congress and the Left for the washout, especially in the Rajya Sabha, where no legislative business could be transacted.

“They (Congress) created a balloon against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, but it deflated. They tried to raise the issue of Madhya Pradesh (Vyapam) and Rajasthan (Lalitgate), but failed in their attempt,” he said. The senior BJP leader alleged that the Congress had decided right from the beginning to stall the two Houses and said the party is still unable to overcome its defeat in Lok Sabha elections. “Like the British rule, the Congress had a notion that they will never get out of power, but with time they lost power in states and became irrelevant,” he added. The Congress agenda, Javadekar said further, always veered around the Nehru-Gandhi family. Javadekar said the Congress feared it would remain in political wilderness for the next 14-15 years as it was unnerved after the Modi government stormed to power with a thumping majority. He said while the Congress cried foul over suspension of 25 MPs from the Lok Sabha, they got 125 MPs “unnecessarily arrested” during the Emergency and never apologised.

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