NEW DELHI: Within a day of Sonia Gandhiand former PM Manmohan Singh's meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Vice President on Saturday called a meeting on the issue of GST Bill, summoning senior party leaders.
Mallikarjun Kharge met Rahul Gandhi to discuss the party's stand on the GST Bill, reported Times Now. "If our concerns are met, a formula is reached, then we can move ahead," Kharge had told reporters earlier.
Meanwhile, Venkaiah Naidu expressed optimism that the GST Bill would be passed in this session of the Parliament. "Sonia ji said that in principle they support the bill, just that a few changes need to be made. I am optimistic," Naidu said on the PM's meeting with Congress President. "The public, everyone wants the GST passed. A good beginning has been made; PM's meeting with Sonia ji was very good," he added.
In a bid to give a push to the stalled GST Bill, PM Modi reached out to the Opposition and tried to assuage concerns over intolerance. He later met Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh to break the ice, raising hopes of a deal on the key reform Bill.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with Congress President Sonia Gandhi and his predecessor Manmohan Singh on Friday evening -intended to resolve the imbroglio over the goods & services tax (GST) Bill -yielded no immediate outcome but may have broken the ice, giving some hope to the government that a deal could be reached soon. Both sides parted with the understanding that they would meet again.
"With regard to the GST Bill, the subject was discussed. Congress leaders explained their position on the three issues while the history and background of the issue was explained to them (by the government). Congress will discuss the issue within the party and get back," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters after the meeting. Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu were present at the meeting.
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