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Behind PM Modi's GST pep talk in Mann Ki Baat lies his continuing dilemma on final consensus | GST Tax India, Goods and Services Tax
In his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again credited all political parties for the passage of the historic amendment of Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Parliament's Monsoon session. The PM cited this as an example of bitter rivals coming together for a common cause in larger national interest. From dismissing opposition's protests on GST issue outright in the beginning as mere 'obstructionism' to a clear consensus path and giving credit to all, the BJP top brass' change in approach is well-explained considering the massive process that follow and the need for close involvement of all parties at every stage in the run up to the April, 2017 GST rollout deadline. One should see PM's repeat appreciation of opposition parties on GST passage in this context. GST is a landmark indirect tax reform in the country that'll subsume several different state-level levies into a uniform rate. These taxes include central sales tax, value added tax and octroi.