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GST bill: Opposition in Lok Sabha stages walk-out

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  25 April 2015 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, April 24: The Congress and some other opposition parties staged a walk-out in the Lok Sabha on Friday after the government rejected their demand to refer the goods and services tax (GST) bill to a standing committee. Several Congress members, including its leader in the house Mallikarjun Kharge, demanded that the bill be sent to a standing committee. Deputy Speaker and AIADMK member M. Thambidurai said that allowing discussion on the bill will curtail the time needed to discuss demands for grants of various ministries. Bjiu Jata Dal members said they did not get enough time to move amendments. Congress members said that the new constitution amendment bill was quite different from that brought in 2011 and should be examined by a standing committee. “It is not a replica. There are fundamental differences. There is no consensus among various states,” Congress member M. Veerapa Moily said. Fince Minister Arun Jaitley said the GST legislation had been widely discussed. He said apart from a standing committee, the bill had been discussed by the empowered committee of state ministers since 2008. (IANS)

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