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Karnataka assembly unanimously passes state GST bill

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

With less than a month left for the rollout of the GST, the 'Goods and Services Bill, 2017' was unanimously passed by the here today.

Before Karnataka, as many as 24 states and Union Territories had passed the State Goods and Services (SGST) bill in their respective legislative assemblies.

As per the Constitutional amendment, all states have to pass SGST bills by September 15, 2017, failing which they will lose their taxation powers.

Piloting the bill, Chief Minister said the state has always been at the forefront of issues like implementing reforms, including VAT.

"Even the World has acknowledged as the most progressive states in implementing tax reforms," he added.

Countering this, Vishweshwara Hegade Kageri (BJP) said the image of the state took a hit for not being the first state to pass the SGST bill, especially after being the first state to implement VAT.

"Karnataka should have been first to have agreed to implement GST, especially after the state was first to implement VAT in the country... But this did not happen... This is one of the examples where it hurt the image of Karnataka being a progressive state," the leader said.

Kageri also slammed for not agreeing to implement on earlier occasions despite 50 per cent of the states agreeing to do so.

"Everybody knows the hurdles created by your party (Congress) in parliament to stall the bill, which was your own baby," he argued.

Taking an indirect dig at BJP-ruled states, said as many as 24 states and one union territory have agreed to implement GST, but initially Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan were against it.

Siddaramaiah also said since parliament has already passed Bill, the did not have much scope to debate over it because decision-making powers are vested with the

However, suggestions submitted by members will be presented during meetings, he added.

The Chief Minister said he did not attend the meetings because he did not get time and had deputed Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda.

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First Published: Thu, June 15 2017. 17:13 IST