Published On: Mon, May 18th, 2015

Jaitley attacks Congress for blocking GST Bill

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday attacked the Congress for blocking key legislation such as the GST Bill in Parliament, saying that the Opposition party’s leadership lacks legislative literacy.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

“I would say there is a certain lack of legislative literacy. You overlook this history and then you say, they have brought this bill and I want to oppose it,” Jaitley said in an interview with PTI.

“I think a section of the Congress leaders need to start reading the fine print, rather than accepting everything that their…I think their top leadership needs to directly read themselves or change those reading on their behalf,” he said.
Jaitley disagreed that the BJP and the government have lost the battle of perception on the Land Bill, and rejected Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s allegations of a generous bonanza by giving tax cuts to the tune of Rs 2.5 lakh crore to corporates in the next four years.

Jaitley said he was concerned that the top leadership of the Congress does not read the fine print.

“The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill was introduced by Congress during their government and cleared by the Standing Committee. Except for one major change, everything else was as per the Standing Committee. Now, without having read the provisions, their leadership decided to take a different view,” Jaitley said.

Asked about Rahul Gandhi’s attacks on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and whether the government was taking him seriously because five ministers replied to one of his statements in Parliament, the minister shot back, saying: “I think, you (media) take him more seriously than me.” “When any of these issues are raised in Parliament, the media must analyse of what the seriousness of that content is,” he said.


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