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Centre flays Cong terms on GST bill

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, Jan 17 - Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today criticised Congress saying it is �not fair� on its part to set conditions for the passage of the GST bill and if the said clauses were so crucial, the UPA could have brought these in the original bill when it was in power.

One condition (cap on taxes) put forth by Congress and reiterated by its vice president Rahul Gandhi yesterday in Mumbai was �not liked� by anybody, he said.

�Rahul Gandhi said (yesterday) the government (should) agree (with Congress� conditions for the passage of the bill). The government has agreed. The issue is about this cap which Congress has not proposed and it had not proposed it when it brought the bill and is suddenly now making it a condition. That is not fair on its (Congress�) part,� he told reporters here.

Naidu said the party had first raised the issue during a meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi had with Congress president Sonia Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh.

�The Finance Minister has explained the position. Subsequently, he has communicated to the Congress interlocutors ...That is their leaders in Rajya Sabha about the government�s thinking and response to the proposals given by the Congress except the one that is putting a cap which is not liked by anybody. � PTI

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