Congress may oppose the GST slabs suggested by the government
New Delhi: The hope of smooth sailing in case of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) nourished by the BJP-led government at the Centre may be belied as the Congress is unlikely to support the tax band favoured by the finance ministry.
The band has been already opposed by two state governments of Tamil Nadu and Kerala which have demanded higher than 26 per cent tax rate for gold and luxury goods. It was partly in view of this opposition that no conclusion was reached on Wednesday at the meeting called to decide on the rates.
The Congress may raise the issue in the next session of parliament slated to begin next month from November 16. According to party sources , it will strongly oppose the new rates which may lead to postponement of the proceedings of the House.
The two Houses of parliament has passed the GST bill and it has been backed by most of the states but the rates and some other provisions have to be passed by them before the new tax regime begins. The Congress may put a roadblock if one goes by the present indications.
The party has been all along demanding tax ceiling at 18 per cent because otherwise , it believed, a common man will be hit but the government’s current rate structure has six to 26 per cent band . It is another reason for the party to raise noise in the two Houses. The introduction of the new regime may be delayed by the party actions and the scheme may not launched from April 1 next as proposed.
The Congress which has a majority in the Rajya Sabha had supported the bill during the last session only after lot of persuasion by the government which had delayed the passage for a long time.
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