GST Council loses its aura of consensus

The effect of the BJP’s loss in three States in the Hindi heartland was visible at the GST Council meeting held on Saturday in New Delhi, with the famous accord of the Council across party lines disrupted by a heated exchange among members.As the meeting got under way, the Ministers representing various States ruled by the Congress and other Opposition parties led by Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanswamy said the failure of an upward trend in revenue collection under the GST should be taken into account before suggesting rate cuts.This was contradictory to the political stance taken by the Congress which has batted for rates to be capped at 18%.

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