One of the key issues being discussed during the BJP national executive meet in Allahabad, which is being attended by PM Narendra Modi, is the GST bill that has been lying in a limbo for a long time now. This is in addition to Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections in 2017.
The NDA government plans to put up the GST bill for approval during the Monsoon session of Parliament that is slated to begin on July 18. BJP’s result during the Rajyasabha election gave a point of advantage to the ruling party, which is evidently a crucial step in the realization of the much long in the offing GST bill. In Rajyasabha three unexpected seats – from Haryana, Rajasthan and Jharkhand besides gaining in strength in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh made the position of BJP even better. Further the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is actively rallying for GST, Tamil Nadu Chief Jayalalitha is fine with it, and the Left part government in Kerala is pro GST too. The other parties ready to support BJP in this matter are Samajwadi Party, BSP, JD (U), RJD; if anyone is opposing it, then it is Rahul Gandhi.
However BJP has now crossed the 50 mark in Rajyasabha for the first time to reach 54, where as Congress went below 60. Telecommunication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s comment during a media interaction at the time of Rajyasabha election results, more or less sums up the general sentiment amongst the BJP members. He said, “This is the success of our strategic planning. We wanted to raise our tally of seats in the Rajya Sabha for obvious reasons, and we have been successful. But nobody had expected the way Congress splintered, particularly in Haryana during the Rajya Sabha polls. The Congress’ weaknesses have been exposed.”