While NCP's Supriya Sule and BJD's Jay Panda were critical of Congress for 'blocking' legislations like GST, the main opposition party's chief whip Jyotiraditya Scindia put the blame for the logjam on the issue on the government.
Congress wants an 18 percent cap on tax in the constitutional amendment bill and dropping of the one percent tax proposed on inter-state sales. Another demand of Congress is for having a dispute settlement mechanism in the bill. The UPA government's original bill had proposed setting up of a GST Dispute Settlement Authority.
Speaking at programme organised by a print media organisation, Scindia said that the present GST bill does not represent the original bill brought by the UPA and made a strong pitch for having an independent neutral third party to decide disputes.
Sule and Panda said that while the Opposition have to play its role, it does mean it should always be 'blocking' legislations. Panda told Scindia that while he supports Congress demand that one percent tax should go but expressed disagreement with the demand the 18 percent cap should be enshrined in the Constitution.

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