With no end to logjam Lok Sabha suspended for another day
The Lok Sabha on Tuesday saw continued protests and sloganeering by Congress members demanding resignation of three BJP leaders and that a discussion on the Lalit Modi issue should be as an adjournment motion. An exasperated Speaker Sumitra Mahajan termed the unruly scenes as “murder of democracy”.
GST bill becoming Achilles heel for the BJP government
With relentless opposition from the Congress, introducing and passing of the GST bill in the parliament has become a tough mission for the central government. However, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said that the target date for introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is April 1, 2016.
“The Constitutional Amendment to introduce the Goods and Services Tax would create an enabling environment in terms of the legal regime required for introduction of the GST in this country. The target date for introduction of GST is the April 1, 2016,” he told the media here.
He said that the GST has many special features and advantages.
“It creates India into one uniform market which effectively means that one-sixth of the global population, within the country will be one market, which will have a uniform rate of taxation for both goods and services,” he said.
40 MP’s not letting 440 others to work properly: Sumitra Mahajan
Tired of constant disruption in the house, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that around 40-50 Mp’s were not letting 440 others to carry out smooth functioning of the house. The speaker, who said she was “pained” over the scenes in the house, asked Lok Sabha TV to show the protests so that people can see the scenario for themselves.
Members of the Congress and some other opposition parties strongly protested when Arjun Ram Meghwal of the Bharatiya Janata Party sought to begin discussion on “matters arising out of Indian Premier League controversy and other related issues” under rule 193 which does not entail voting.