GST bill likely on way to deep freeze dur­ing win­ter ses­sion

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NEW DELHI: With the Con­gressled Op­po­si­tion set to con­tinue its protests over al­le­ga­tions of the NDA’s “vin­dic­tive at­ti­tude”, chances of the GST bill’s pas­sage are all but over in the on­go­ing Par­lia­ment ses­sion.

The Congress, gov­ern­ment sources said, has al­ready con­veyed to the Cen­tre’s floor man­agers in­for­mally that it will not al­low the House to run till De­cem­ber 19, when party chief So­nia Gandhi and vice-pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi are sched­uled to ap­pear in court for the Na­tional Her­ald case. With the win­ter ses­sion set to end on De­cem­ber 23, the gov­ern­ment is bracing for an­other near-washout in the Ra­jya Sabha even as the Lower House con­tin­ues to con­duct reg­u­lar busi­ness.

Fac­ing a re­lent­less Op­po­si­tion tirade al­leg­ing vendetta in the Na­tional Her­ald case, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Thurs­day ex­pressed “sor­row” over the fresh round of dis­rup­tions and hit back at the prin­ci­pal Op­po­si­tion party, say­ing, “Democ­racy can­not func­tion at the whims and fan­cies of any­one.”

CON­TIN­UED ON P8

It is a mat­ter of sor­row that the poor are not be­ing able to get their rights due to Par­lia­ment not func­tion­ing.

NAREN­DRA MODI, Prime Min­is­ter

RE­LATED RE­PORT, P12

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