"It is tragic that our democratic system, which has been laid out in our Constitution, is not working well," Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha said as Congress for the third day disrupted functioning of Rajya Sabha over alleged 'vendetta politics'.

The crucial Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill is awaiting Rajya Sabha's approval for the landmark indirect tax arrangement to kick in from April 1, 2016.

"These are issues related to individuals and parties that are bringing down the entire system...If people's business is continuously blocked, then I think it is a sad day for our democracy, which we all believe in. So we need to have a Parliament that is functioning," he said.

The government is keen to introduce a nationwide GST to replace a host of Central and state levies, in a bid to boost investment by making it easier to do business.

"People are waiting for action. People of India want a better life, and if those needs have to be delivered then we need to have a democratic system functioning, we need to have a Parliament that functions so that you can do people's business," Sinha stated.

Asked if the government was confident of meeting the April 1 target for rolling out the GST regime, he said, "If all of us work as one nation on behalf of people of India, to do what is right for India, we can get it done."

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