Rajya Sabha Ends Monsoon Session Without Passing GST Bill

The delay in passing the law will make it difficult for Prime Minister to meet a self-imposed deadline of next April for its launch.

Published: 13th August 2015 12:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th August 2015 01:00 PM   |  A+A-

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A view of the Indian parliament building is reflected on a car in New Delhi April 24, 2012. | Reuters

NEW DELHI: The "monsoon" session of the Rajya Sabha ended before lunch on Thursday without the passage of a major tax reform bill, after opposition protests that prevented the house from functioning every day of the three-week sitting.

Opposition MPs Walkout of Lok Sabha

They raised a variety of issues, including seeking the Prime Minister's reply to the charges against Union Minister Sushma Swaraj and two Chief Ministers over the Lalit Modi and Vyapam controversies.

The proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) is the biggest tax overhaul since independence from Britain in 1947. It will subsume myriads of federal and state tax levies, replacing a chaotic structure that inflates costs.

The delay in passing the law will make it difficult for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to meet a self-imposed deadline of next April for its launch.

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