The crucial Goods and Services tax (GST) Bill was passed unanimously with amendments proposed by the Rajya Sabha with all 443 members present in Lok Sabha voted in favour of the historic bill. Except AIADMK, all political parties today supported the GST Constitution Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha.
The Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha in May 2015, was taken up again by the House to approve the changes made in it by the Rajya Sabha last week.
Expressing gratitude to all parties for support, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today described GST as a "crucial step" towards ending tax terrorism besides reducing corruption and black money and said the new regime of indirect taxation will make consumer the "king".
He emphasised in Lok Sabha that the passage of the GST Constitution Amendment Bill by Parliament was not a victory of any party or government but was everybody's victory as it highlighted the success of the democratic ethos of the country.
It is the victory for democratic ethos of India and a victory for everyone," he said, while noting that the measure was being supported by all parties, irrespective of different ideologies. .
This is not a victory of a particular party.It's a victory of high democratic principles,victory of all political parties-PM Modi in LS #GST— ANI (@ANI_news) August 8, 2016
Intervening in a debate on Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, Modi asserted that the GST will benefit mainly those states which are considered backward and address the problem of imbalanced development.
He acknowledged that manufacturing states will suffer losses but said they will be compensated.
States in our country are not self sufficient but are interdependent. GST will boost economy of under developed States: PM Modi in LS— ANI (@ANI_news) August 8, 2016
"August 8th marks a crucial step towards freedom from tax terrorism," the Prime Minister said, while recalling that this was the day in 1942 when Mahatma Gandhi had sounded the bugle of 'Quit India' which marked a major step towards the country's Independence.