Monsoon session: Forget GST, Modi govt may have tough time dealing with Arunachal, U'khand issuE

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New Delhi, July 18: The monsoon session of the Parliament may see the Modi government having a rough time seeking the support of all-party members for its GST Bill.

Congress is yet to settle from the Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh shock when the Congress government there was forced to experience the floor test (to be noted: Arunachal's date is yet to be fixed). The scars are fresh and Congress would not leave a chance to target the government in the Parliament for the cause.

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Sensing trouble, the Modi government scheduled an all-party meet on Sunday requesting all th eparties to support the GST and not indulge in things that are of lesser importance than the GST.

Mosi said, "GST is of national importance; the issue here is not which government gets credit for its passage. All of us represent both the people and parties and let's keep national interests above everything else."

Modi also thanked all the parties for their support to the government on the Kashmir issue. "Various parties have given statements on Kashmir events which benefited the country. This has sent a right message and I thank all the parties for the same," he said, while complimenting them for speaking in "one voice."

The opposition, however, said that the only thing that may come in GST's way is the lack of trust between any two states.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "How can you proceed in this context?"Jyotiraditya Schindhia, the congress chief in Lok Sabha said, " the party wants a concrete draft proposal from the government on GST. If we know how they plan to address the three contentious issues, we can revert."

On raising apprehensions that the passing of the GST may prove to be a bilateral negotiation between the Centre and the congress, CP(I)M leader Sitaram Yechury was assured that all the parties will be spoken to individually.

However, apart from the GST, the other things to be discussed include the incidents in Jammu and Kashmir, the NSG bid, floods in some states and agragarian issues.

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