The Opposition parties are coordinating to corner the government over goods and services tax shortfall compensation in Parliament.
Congress, Trinamool Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS) would join forces to raise GST in the Monsoon session of Parliament beginning on Monday. Speaking to ET, Congress’ deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma said, “This move by the government negates the federal structure. It is a complete violation of the law passed by Parliament. We are in touch with other political parties and would be raising this issue. In what form it would be raised is still to be decided but most probably members would be moving a calling attention motion.”
Calling attention motion is moved under Rule 197 of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha. It is used by MPs to draw attention to an issue of public importance. Usually, five MPs are allowed to move a calling attention motion. The minister incharge gives a statement on the issue, which is circulated to the five MPs before the House takes up the matter. On the floor of the House, the MPs ask questions and then the minister gives a final reply clarifying all issues. Gradually over the years, calling attention motions have become fewer in numbers.
Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh told ET, “It is a gross violation of the Act which Parliament needs to take note of. The chief ministers of Opposition-ruled states have been in touch. We will raise this in Parliament. We would hold discussions with other parties and take this up.” TRS had already declared in August after GST Council meeting that it would take up the issue in Parliament and its MPs would raise the issue calling for discussion.