He said that the bill will empower the states and will increase revenue of states as well as Centre. Three enabling laws, two by the Parliament and one by the state legislature would have to be passed, he added.

Chidambaram Says Congress Was Never Opposed To The Idea Of GST

“As a part of consensus, states felt that consumable alcohol had to be kept out,” said Jaitley. "The concept of GST council is Indian federalism at play. Two-thirds of voting power in the council belongs to the states," he said.

“A legislation of this kind can't be based on partisan considerations,” the finance minister asserted.

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