“PM should negotiate directly on GST”

Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should directly negotiate with political parties having reservations on the issue of GST, as is a practice in the US.
“PM should negotiate directly on GST”
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Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should directly negotiate with political parties having reservations on the issue of GST, as is a practice in the US.  

The Congress General Secretary said from 2006-07 till May 2014 when the UPA wanted to bring in the GST Bill the BJP opposed it, and Modi, then Gujarat chief minister, even went to the extent of saying he would never allow it to be passed. 

"As it happened in other cases also, Modi and BJP again did a U-turn. Now, they are blaming that Congress party is not allowing GST to pass," Singh told PTI here.  "The Standing Committee of Rajya Sabha has only pointed out 3 issues – there should be a cap of 18% in the Constitution; in provision of additional 1% tax, the option for the state government should not be there; and a greater representation of the states in the national GST Council. If they agree to these three provisions (amendments), we will support," he said.  

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