NEW DELHI, Dec 4 - NCP and BJD today made a strong pitch for the passing of the GST Bill, while Congress stuck to its demand for changes in the key reform measure even as it hailed as �good beginning� Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s informal interaction with Sonia Gandhi on the issue a few days back.
While NCP�s Supriya Sule and BJD�s Jay Panda were critical of Congress for �blocking� legislations like GST, the main Opposition party�s chief whip Jyotiraditya Scindia put the blame for the logjam on the issue on the Government.
Congress wants an 18 per cent cap on tax in the constitutional amendment Bill and dropping of the 1 per cent tax proposed on inter-state sales.
Another demand of Congress is for having a dispute settlement mechanism in the Bill. The UPA Government�s original Bill had proposed setting up of a GST Dispute Settlement Authority.
Scindia made a strong pitch for having an independent neutral third party to decide disputes. � PTI