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Govt. must soon implement the 'by chance' GST bill: Congress

Updated: Aug 04, 2016 13:06 IST

New Delhi, Aug 4 (ANI): With the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Amendment Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha yesterday, Leader of Opposition K. Rehman Khan, said on Thursday that the bill which has been passed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government 'by chance' must be implemented soon.

"The country needed the GST and there is no doubt about that. And now that the bill has been passed by chance, we hope that the government would implement it soon. Now it is completely up-to the government," Khan told ANI here.

The GST Bill was yesterday approved by the Upper House with 203 votes in favour and none against, after a seven-hour debate during which a rare bonhomie was witnessed among the ruling and the opposition parties.

Six official amendments, including scrapping of one per cent additional tax, moved by the government were approved with cent per cent votes.

The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha earlier. It will now go back to the Lower House to incorporate the amendments approved by the Rajya Sabha. The bill will also have to be approved by 50 per cent of all the state assemblies.

AIADMK was the only party to oppose the measure and its members staged a walkout from the House to register their unhappiness over the bill which lays the ground for rollout of uniform GST regime that will subsume all indirect taxes including central excise duty and state VAT/sales tax. (ANI)