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FM seeks support from Congress on GST bill

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Contending that India has an opportunity to touch 9 per cent growth, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday made a fresh bid to end the deadlock on GST bill as he reached out to Congress, asking it to think about the “legacy” it would be leaving behind by opposing it.

Speaking in the Lower House of the Parliament, Lok Sabha, Jaitley praised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for openly supporting GST and appealed to those opposing it that a message should not go to the world that Parliament in India is being an “obstruction”.

He said India is being seen as a “bright spot” when other major economies have slowed down and this opportunity to realise the full growth potential should be seized.

“It not difficult for India to grow at 8-9 per cent. It is not impossible,” Jaitley said in the Lok Sabha while replying to a debate on the second batch of Supplementary Demand for Grants of Rs 56,256 crore which was later approved.

He said the best solution to poverty eradication is enabling the country to grow faster which will generate jobs and increase resources of the government.

“Those who try to create impediments want to poverty to perpetuate…. By short-sighted vision, we end up hurting the poor in this country,” the Finance Minister said.

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