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Manmohan explains Congress’ stand on GST to PM, says Anand Sharma

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Congress leader and deputy leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma on Friday said the meeting between former prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh andCongress president Sonia and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at 7, Race Course Road, was constructive, where Singh clearly explained them the Congress’ position on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill.

“Three demands were raised by the Congress Party, including scrapping of 1 percent surcharge that would have a cascading effect and make GST high,” he said.

“Second is capping of the GST and making provision for that. And, the third is meaningful dispute resolution mechanism,” he said.

“It has been agreed that the Congress will hold a discussions and deliberations within the party on the issue, while the Government will also seriously reflect on the demands made by the Congress,” said Sharma.

“Our demands are non-political. We’re only thinking in the nation’s interest and want a GST, which is meaningful,” Sharma added.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu were also present at the meeting.

Addressing the media after the meeting, Jaitley said, “There was also a discussion on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, wherein the Congress leaders gave their suggestions, and we also told them our opinion.”

“There is a possibility that we may again meet to discuss the GST. After the Congress leaders discuss the issue within their party, a fresh meeting between the Government and them will take place,” said Jaitley. (ANI)