GST bill likely on way to deep freeze during winter session
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.”
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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
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