GST Bill: Modi Invites Sonia, Manmohan For 'Chai Pe Charcha'

New Delhi: Nov 27;  Reaching out to main opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh for tea this evening during which issues like GST may come up.

Modi today invited the Congress leaders at his Race Course Road residence at 7 PM, sources said.

This assumes significance as the Government and the Congress are at loggerheads which is stalling the passage of crucial legislations like the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had yesterday said that the Prime Minister is willing to speak to everyone to get the landmark indirect tax law through.

The government needs the Congress' support to push the bill through the Rajya Sabha or Upper House, where it is in a minority.

It wants to implement GST by April 2016, but the deadline may be missed if Parliament does not pass the bill in the winter session.

The GST will create a single market in India after doing away with state levies and is expected to boost the economy.

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