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"It (GST) is the important reform of UPA. If I had to credit the authorship of it, I have to give credit to them. Now, If the author turns against his own script, what do I make... I have reached out (and) I have spoken to them. I have explained to them and I hope they will see reason... (and) see the rationale behind passing GST," he said.
Speaking at The Economic Times Global Business Summit, Jaitley said the three objections raised by the Congress "go against the brain of what they themselves had brought".
"The UPA allies like the RJD, the NCP and the JD-U are openly supporting it," Jaitley said, adding that even the Congress-ruled states are for GST.
"I don't see a reason why they (Congress) should have a rethink on the Bill. If there is a discussion on a particular idea in the Bill, I am willing to discuss with them... certainly, we can't bound future generations to a flawed legislation," the minister said.
"These are informal occasions, and it is not necessary that you get into a discussion at these forums. I certainly didn't have any political discussions," the minister said, adding that he had earlier talked about GST with Congress leaders on several occasions.