Talking to reporters here, Ramesh said four amendments demanded by his party were "pro-consumer". The former union minister said the Congress was in favour of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi "single-handedly" held it back when he was the chief minister of Gujarat during the rule of United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre.

"Nobody stalled GST other than Modi," Ramesh said. He said the Congress wanted a cap on the GST rate at 18 percent, deletion of the provision which allows imposition of one percent tax by additional levy, an independent dispute resolution mechanism and compensation to panchayat and urban bodies for loss of revenue along with that to the states.

The GST Bill is pending in the Rajya Sabha where the government lacks majority and the Congress is the single-largest party.

"This bill cannot go through in this form or amended form without support of the Congress," Ramesh said.

The government has been contemplating a special two-day session of parliament in the second week to September mainly to pass the bill. The bill could not be taken up in the Monsoon Session of Parliament due to stalemate over the Congress demands for resignation of three Bharatiya Janata Party leaders.

Latest News from India News Desk